\ˈbāzh \

Definition of beige 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : cloth made of natural undyed wool

2a : a variable color averaging light grayish-yellowish brown

b : a pale to grayish yellow



Definition of beige (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of a color that is light grayish-yellowish brown : of the color beige a beige skirt

2 : lacking distinction : vanilla sense 2

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Other Words from beige


beigy \ˈbā-zhē \ adjective

Examples of beige in a Sentence


some food critics have dismissed that chef's version of French cuisine as beige and boring

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Manufacturing activity expanded in the Kansas City district at a faster pace than in the previous beige book reporting period. Sharon Nunn, WSJ, "Fed’s Beige Book Finds Manufacturing Shifting Into Higher Gear," 30 May 2018 Before Allison came into our home, my mother kept the condo beige. Elizabeth Baudouin, Vogue, "What My Mother’s Wife Taught Me About Life, and Love," 13 May 2018 Cassius’s palette exists in muted tones of beiges, browns, greens, maroons, limes, lemon sherbets. Samantha Powell, The Cut, "Sorry to Bother You’s Costume Designer on Dressing Tessa Thompson," 10 July 2018 And yet, the first dozen or so looks in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior lineup were practically the opposite: muted, pared-back midi dresses, capes, and gowns in neutral shades of beige, navy, and black. Emily Farra, Vogue, "When Beige Isn’t Boring: The Story Behind Dior’s Toile de Jouy Couture Gown," 6 July 2018 Use strong colors like canary and fluorescent pink paired with pastel pink, blue and shades of beige, but remember to distribute your palette unevenly to keep the look cool, not contrived. Putnam & Putnam, Harper's BAZAAR, "Introducing: The Wedding Colors For Spring," 17 Jan. 2017 Some Orange County suburbs are known for row after row of builder-basic homes — all seemingly covered in 50 shades of beige. R. Daniel Foster,, "Orange County's boring 'burbs get HGTV makeovers," 22 June 2018 Down Image This stack of meat masquerading as a sandwich was a study in beige: deep-fried chicken fillets subbing in for bread, bacon replacing lettuce, melted cheese supplanting tomato. Tiffany Hsu, New York Times, "Meat Wrapped in Meat. Doughnut Sandwiches. Want Some of Fast Food’s Big Ideas?," 22 June 2018 Kendall Jenner's been digging cool shades of beige. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Your Mom’s Favorite ‘90s Outfit is Officially Back ~In~," 26 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This beige-colored house stands in stark contrast to some of the tent cities and cages where Central American children are kept in Texas. Jean Guerrero, Glamour, "We've Seen Pictures of Undocumented Boys in Government Facilities. Where Are the Girls?," 13 July 2018 She's chosen feminine dress silhouettes, and for her entire first month as a royal kept to a strict color palette of white, beige, and blush. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wears a Chic Black Suit on Her Second Day in Ireland," 11 July 2018 For her past five engagements, Markle has stuck with muted colors: Neutral beige, pale pink, and sky blue. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "It Sure Looks Like the Queen Inspired Meghan Markle's Latest Outfit Choice," 5 July 2018 White and beige captured the French capital’s annoyingly changeable weather. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Chanel recreates Paris for couture show celebrating the city," 3 July 2018 Also, in a first, the display had a navy blue prison uniform alongside white and beige versions, a new kind of color coding for the guard force that eliminated orange for those deemed the worst behaving or most dangerous. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Blue is the new orange as Guantánamo preps for new prisoners, maybe ISIS fighters," 20 June 2018 The pieces are mostly pale gray and beige, but the wooden blue panels with touches of red and green add pops of color. New York Times, "An Enduring Paris Hotel in a New Light," 1 June 2018 The beige couch and two chairs are from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, while the sofa is by Precedent. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Tour A Modern House That Pulls Off Black Walls With Flair," 23 Aug. 2016 According to her Instagram, Oprah contacted Stella McCartney to get a new outfit together the day before the ceremony after realizing her beige dress would look white in photos. Tamara Fuentes, Harper's BAZAAR, "Oprah Almost Broke This One Major Wedding Fashion Rule," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of beige


1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beige


borrowed from French, going back to Middle French baige, noun derivative of Old French bege "uncolored, having the color of natural wool," of uncertain origin


borrowed from French — more at beige entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of beige

: a light yellowish-brown color


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Kids Definition of beige

: a yellowish brown

Other Words from beige

beige adjective a beige shirt

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to reject or criticize sharply

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