\ 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 beige (audio) \ adjective

Examples of beige in a Sentence

Adjective some food critics have dismissed that chef's version of French cuisine as beige and boring
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The foldable will come in various colors, including a new white-like beige. Chris Smith, BGR, "Huge leak unearths Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Flip 3 design secrets," 2 May 2021 The color can range from a creamy white to a pale beige. Washington Post, "How to make your own kashk, a creamy, tangy staple of Iranian cuisine," 12 Mar. 2021 For starters, the napkins come in two soothing, neutral hues: a creamy beige with bluish stripes and a blue-gray with ivory stripes. Jenna Adrian-diaz, Bon Appétit, "I’m Never Throwing Out These Upcycled Napkins," 10 Mar. 2021 Notably, her brand offers six shades of nude compared to just one shade of beige favored by bigger brands. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, "200 Black-owned businesses to support in 2021," 27 Feb. 2021 Standouts include the brand's vast new collection of nudes (from the palest beige to rosewood) and 999, a bold crimson and the only color goes across all four finishes. Jessica Matlin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dior Just Launched 75 New Refillable Lipsticks," 15 Jan. 2021 With the help of decorator Tham Kannalikham, current President Donald Trump replaced the Obama-era beige striped wallpaper in the Oval Office with a light grey damask option. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "A Look at the Most Impressive—and Fascinating—White House Interiors Throughout History," 14 Jan. 2021 The display shelf is a natural light wood that complements the natural beige of cotton cording. Popular Science, "Macrame wall hangings for every home," 8 Jan. 2021 Rather than the classic beige, opt for chic, silken version—and wear it as a dress. The Editors, Town & Country, "How to Style a Classic Trench Coat for Any Occasion," 30 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His muted color palette of beige and black signaled his approach to design, drastically looking away from the past in the hope of starting a fresh new future. Hannah Karpel, Vogue, "The New Names to Know From London Fashion Week’s Fall 2021 Season," 26 Feb. 2021 In October 2009, businesses contacted for the Fed’s beige book, an anecdotal survey of economic conditions, overwhelmingly described the labor market as weak and wage pressures as subdued. Greg Ip, WSJ, "The Job Market Is Tighter Than You Think," 21 Apr. 2021 The artifacts include some that had never been seen outside South Africa, such as Mandela's iconic beige trench coat, a traditional headdress given to him by the king of the Xhosa people, and his presidential desk and chair. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A global exhibit about Nelson Mandela will begin its U.S. tour in Milwaukee," 14 Apr. 2021 In the alcove beyond the check-in desk, Sanchez and Diaz installed their gurney along a vacant stretch of beige hallway. ProPublica, "Protect Independent Journalism," 9 Apr. 2021 On the upholstery front, the vehicle will come standard with a mixture of leather and faux leather elements and is available in four colors (black, steel gray, Santos brown, or pergament beige). Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "The Audi Q4 E-Tron’s AR Head-Up Display Will Navigate Your Route Right From Your Windshield," 9 Mar. 2021 Perfect for the backyard, porch, garden, by the pool or even a decent-sized balcony, this seating collection is marked down in the brown and beige finish, which will be a breeze to match with any décor. Christine Persaud, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Wednesday," 4 Mar. 2021 Available in black or beige, this tote is made of a soft puffer material with a water-resistant bottom compartment and a hidden external pocket to keep all your valuables secure. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "32 stylish, top-rated tote bags that will make your life so much easier," 23 Feb. 2021 But warmer neutrals, including brown and beige, are starting to make a comeback, according to the 2021 Home Design Predictions recently released by Houzz. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "10 home trends to enhance your space for the winter ahead," 11 Dec. 2020

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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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“Beige.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of beige

: a light yellowish-brown color


\ ˈbāzh How to pronounce beige (audio) \

Kids Definition of beige

: a yellowish brown

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