[ buh-rey ]
/ bəˈreɪ /


a soft, visorless cap with a close-fitting headband and a wide, round top often with a tab at its center.

Origin of beret

1820–30; < French < Gascon berret, OPr. ber(r)et. See biretta

Can be confused

barrette beret Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for beret


/ (ˈbɛreɪ) /


a round close-fitting brimless cap of soft wool material or felt

Word Origin for beret

C19: from French béret, from Old Provençal berret, from Medieval Latin birrettum cap; see biretta
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