\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

In addition to classic indigo, black, white, and baby blue, there’s beige, rust, faded terra-cotta, olive, and bright cherry. Emily Farra, Vogue, "This Designer’s Secret to Seriously Good Jeans? A Background in Mechanical Engineering," 20 Nov. 2018 The Vanity Case retails for $110 and comes in five colors — cobalt blue, oxblood, millennial pink, pinky-beige, and white — all chosen by Martin and the Cuyana founders so there would be an option for everyone, regardless of taste, age, or gender. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Makeup Artist Daniel Martin Launches a Genius Travel Makeup Bag With Cuyana," 1 Nov. 2018 Its new monogram, however, is an an interlocking 'TB' pattern—after the house's founder, Thomas Burberry—done in a red, honey-beige, and white color scheme. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riccardo Tisci Reveals New Burberry Logo and Monogram," 2 Aug. 2018 Rooms are clean and comfortable, and they're outfitted in whites, beiges, and browns—like a posh home study but brighter. Archana Ram, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from San Diego," 5 Mar. 2018 Our favorite problem in the world is which beige to choose for the new collection. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "The Spring Runways Are Telling Us to Wear Nothing But Beige. This Brand Director Shows Us How," 7 Nov. 2018 Gray is the new beige, but RH has really been taking things to its industrial apex with its stoneware accessories lately. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "12 Things Everyone Thinks When Flipping Through The Restoration Hardware Catalog," 2 Aug. 2018 Just the idea that beige is a one-size-fits-all solution to nude is bogus. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "9 Nude Bra and Underwear Options That Really Work for Brown Skin," 20 July 2018 The colors appear to be a neutral beige, a soft copper, a shimmery rose, a shimmery magenta, a bold fuchsia, a sparkly dark purple, and a shimmering lavender. Marci Robin, Allure, "Too Faced's Founder Jerrod Blandino Shared a Sneak Peak of a Tutti Frutti Collection Palette," 17 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Holmes kept the colors neutral, opting for a beige-colored bag to finish off her outfit. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Wore Black Leather Thigh-High Boots In New York City," 11 Oct. 2018 Jobs and the advertisements positioned the iMac as a friendlier alternative to a sea of boring yet intimidating (and oh-so-beige) PCs. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "20 years of the iMac at Ars Technica, in reviews and pictures," 17 Aug. 2018 Beatrice's was beige with an upright oval design and ribbon features that matched her nude Valentino Haute Couture dress. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie Cried Over Backlash for Their Royal Wedding Hats," 3 Aug. 2018 In the living room—an almond-pale space anchored by an oversize sofa that seems to float atop a mirrored base—pillows of nougat-beige mink made in Mendel's workshops are scattered here and there. Kristina Stewart Ward, ELLE Decor, "Gilles Mendel's Fashion-Forward Home," 5 Jan. 2010 The actress swapped her iconic red bathing suit for a less sand-friendly look from the label—a white skirt-suit, black and beige Mary Janes, and a white quilted bag. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Pamela Anderson Went to Chanel's Beach-Themed Show, so Of Course She Had a 'Baywatch' Moment," 2 Oct. 2018 The beige color blended almost perfectly with Holmes's skin, rendering the flats nearly invisible. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes' Chloé​ Ballet Flats Are the Most Versatile Shoes Around," 3 Aug. 2018 The most popular colors among many brands are bright whites that add a crisp, clean look, grays that tap into the pale neutral trend, and greiges -- gray-beige blends -- that warm up cool gray rooms. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "10 things you can do to add comfort, style to your home," 5 June 2018 Walls are typically painted neutral, creamy, white and beige, with a monochromatic color palette used alongside it. Detroit Free Press, "Everything you need to know about modern and contemporary design," 16 Apr. 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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