[ek-roo, ey-kroo]
  1. an ecru color.
Also é·cru [French ey-kry] /French eɪˈkrü/.

Origin of ecru

1865–70; < French, equivalent to é- completely (< Latin ex- ex-1) + cru raw (< Latin crūdus; see crude) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for ecrus

tan, beige

British Dictionary definitions for ecrus


  1. a greyish-yellow to a light greyish colour; the colour of unbleached linen
  1. of the colour ecru

Word Origin for ecru

C19: from French, from é- (intensive) + cru raw, from Latin crūdus; see crude
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Word Origin and History for ecrus



1869, from French écru "raw, unbleached," from Old French escru "raw, crude, rough" (13c.), from es- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + Latin crudus "raw" (see crude).

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