\ ˈbāzh How to pronounce beige (audio) \

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 How to pronounce beigy (audio) \ 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

Light colors such as white, taupe and beige will help make a windowless space feel brighter. Cathy Hobbs, The Seattle Times, "Do’s and don’ts for adding light in a windowless room," 11 Apr. 2019 Your best bet is a kinder, warmer white that has just a hint of grey or beige in it. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "The Best White Paints, According To Top Interior Designers," 27 July 2018 Each fragrance-free sheet in the Flipbook is permeated with one of three universally flattering shades: a matte medium pink, a deep golden bronze, or a shimmery rose-beige. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Flesh Beauty Flipbook Makes Blush, Highlighter, and Bronzer More Portable Than Ever," 10 Aug. 2018 In the South of 2018, those old-fashioned virtues still command respect—conservative or liberal, black or white . . . or, as the case may be, a perfect shade of beige. Quin Hillyer, WSJ, "A Black Republican in the Heart of Dixie," 17 Aug. 2018 But shades of beige are having a moment, too, and 61 percent of you chose that soft, vaguely earthy look. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Most Popular Street Style Trends of 2018, According to You, Our Followers," 20 Dec. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The interior is finished in black merino leather with special beige contrast stitching, which isn't an option on the regular M5. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The 2020 BMW M5 Edition 35 Years Has Insane Gold Interior Trim," 16 May 2019 Her approach to monochromatic dressing draws on a wide spectrum of hues and patterns, from the most neutral shade of beige to acid green to eye-popping leopard spots. Vogue, "How Kim Kardashian West Made This Simple Styling Trick Her Fashion Mantra," 10 Apr. 2019 Home Office Microsoft's Optical mouse by Starck, $35 Point, click, and break away from beige. Nicole Sforza, ELLE Decor, "A Grab Bag of Gadgets," 5 July 2012 If your skin happens to be sand beige or warm ivory, snag one of these for a T-zone touch-up. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Disney Finally Launched a Little Mermaid Makeup Collection — But There's a Catch," 17 Apr. 2019 Nude is not one-shade-fits all, and a single beige color is surely not going to complement all deep skin tones. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "The 15 Best Black-Owned Beauty Brands I'll Never Stop Talking About," 11 Feb. 2019 Currently, Kylie Cosmetics is also selling a loose setting powder for $24, available in six shades: deep dark, dark, translucent, soft pink, yellow, and beige. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Cosmetics Announces New Setting Spray," 6 Apr. 2019 With a quick Google search, Aina shoes that beige shades are the default representation of nude across many brands. Scarlett Newman, Allure, "Beauty Influencer Jackie Aina Called Out the Big Problem With "Nude" Makeup," 28 Mar. 2019 For her first solo appearance with the Queen (and her first official event as a royal without Prince Harry by her side), Markle opted for a rather demure, beige-colored dress by Givenchy. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Looks Quite Ladylike for Her First Solo Appearance with the Queen," 14 June 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

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beige adjective a beige shirt

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