beret

[buh-rey]
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Origin of beret

1820–30; < French < Gascon berret, OPr. ber(r)et. See biretta
Can be confusedbarrette beret
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Related Words for beret

beret, bonnet, beanie, pillbox, skullcap, DINK, tam, fez

Examples from the Web for beret

Contemporary Examples of beret

Historical Examples of beret

  • Gloria took off her beret and crammed it into a drawer of her desk.

    Hex

    Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)

  • Gloria put the clay back into the drawer and reached for her beret.

    Hex

    Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)

  • She felt her hair falling about her neck and shoved it up underneath her beret.

    When the Owl Cries

    Paul Bartlett

  • These were the first thoughts that she did not confide to Beret.

    The Bridal March; One Day

    Bjrnstjerne Bjrnson

  • Mildrid turned pale and stared at Beret, who stared back at her.

    The Bridal March; One Day

    Bjrnstjerne Bjrnson


British Dictionary definitions for beret

beret

noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for beret
n.

also berret, 1827, from French béret, 19c., from dialect of Béarn, from Old Gascon berret "cap," from Medieval Latin birretum, diminutive of Late Latin birrus "a large hooded cloak," perhaps of Gaulish origin. The round, flat cap originally was worn by Basque peasants.

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