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


of the color beige.

Nearby words

  1. behrman,
  2. behrman, s. n.,
  3. behçet's syndrome,
  4. beiderbecke,
  5. beiderbecke, bix,
  6. beigel,
  7. beignet,
  8. beijing,
  9. beilan pass,
  10. being

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

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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