very light brown, as of undyed wool; light gray with a brownish tinge.


of the color beige.

Origin of beige

1855–60; < French; Old French bege, of uncertain origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beige

Contemporary Examples of beige

Historical Examples of beige

  • Her peignoir of beige, embroidered with red silk, was evidently of Parisian manufacture.

    The Downfall

    Emile Zola

  • In giving a brownish hue to such light colors as beige, ecru, etc., it is invaluable.

  • She was daintily dressed in some sort of beige chiffon with pearls about her neck, and had easy, pleasant manners.

    Diplomatic Days

    Edith O'Shaughnessy

  • The riders converged on one of the straight cars, a beige mini-van, and crowded around it.


    Cory Doctorow

  • Harry noticed she was wearing a beige knit suit with a neckline that spoke volumes.

    The Observers

    G. L. Vandenburg

British Dictionary definitions for beige



  1. a very light brown, sometimes with a yellowish tinge, similar to the colour of undyed wool
  2. (as adjective)beige gloves
a fabric made of undyed or unbleached wool

Word Origin for beige

C19: from Old French, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for beige

1858, "fine woolen fabric," from dialectal French beige "yellowish-gray, brownish-gray," from Old French bege "the natural color of wool and cotton; raw, not dyed" (13c.), of obscure origin. "Das Wort lebt namentlich in der Bourgogne und Fr. Comté, daneben aber auch im Südwesten" [Gamillscheg]. As a shade of color, it is attested from 1879. As an adjective by 1879.

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