[ buh-rey ]
/ bəˈreɪ /


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

Nearby words

  1. berenice,
  2. berenice's hair,
  3. berenson,
  4. berenson, bernard,
  5. beresford,
  6. beretta,
  7. berezina,
  8. berezniki,
  9. berg,
  10. berg wind

Origin of beret

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

Can be confusedbarrette 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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Word Origin and History for beret



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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