\ 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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

No oasis of beige, the store pops with accents of crisp black and white. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Totême Opens a Sleek, New Flagship in Stockholm—And Launches a Shoe Line," 7 Mar. 2019 Meghan carried a bespoke Givenchy clutch to coordinate with her beige pencil dress by the same designer. Erin Hill,, "Royal Purse-Off! The Big Difference Between Meghan Markle's Bag and the Queen's," 14 June 2018 The color is a mix of beige, tan and pink, and that’s not including the rusty water stains. Jennifer Adams,, "Ask Jennifer Adams: Inexpensive tile alternatives for bathroom updates," 25 Jan. 2018 On her lips, Dubroff added a touch of peachy-beige with Lancome Rouge in Love in Lasting Kiss, ($28.50, Nicole Catanese, Harper's BAZAAR, "Naomi Watts Channels Michelle Pfieffer in Scarface," 12 Jan. 2014 While the 'gram has gone increasingly beige recently with the proliferation of fashion accounts that favor a concise palette of brown, tan, and white—with that came a more creative and textural approach to these hues. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Shop the Snakeskin Print Trend We're Going All In On," 11 Jan. 2019 Stuart Weitzman's open-toe heel is a popular style among Hollywood types, but Meghan prefers a pair of closed-toe pumps in beige. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The 6 Brands of Shoes Meghan Markle Always Has in Her Closet," 10 Dec. 2018 There are 120 suites, spread out in two-story beige buildings marked by letters that resemble walk-up apartments. Bianca Padró Ocasio,, "These Puerto Ricans who fled Hurricane María's destruction built a community at a Super 8 in Kissimmee. Now, they have to leave it.," 27 June 2018 Utility boxes, those bulky green or beige bunkers that sprout along urban sidewalks like weeds, were once very controversial in San Francisco. Caille Millner, San Francisco Chronicle, "A bright touch for the ugly utility boxes on city sidewalks," 18 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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The first known use of beige was in 1819

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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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