\ 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

Adjective some food critics have dismissed that chef's version of French cuisine as beige and boring
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the lips was the Dior Rouge Contour Lip Liner in shade Brown Fig, Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge in shade Ultra Tender (nude beige) and Rouge Dior Ultra Care Liquid lipstick in shade Wonder. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: How Stars Got Red Carpet Ready with Hair, Makeup and Manicures," 23 Sep. 2019 In the September beige book, a regular report on local economic activity from regional Federal Reserve officials, businesses remained optimistic, but tariffs and trade were cause for concern almost everywhere. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, "Trump said he’d rebuild manufacturing. Now it’s in decline. What happened?," 3 Aug. 2018 No black man would ever have approved that much beige. Gwen Thompkins, The New Yorker, "An Eight-Second Film of 1915 New Orleans and the Mystery of Louis Armstrong’s Happiness," 8 July 2019 The space, awash in white, green, and beige, felt both calming and cool as the Alabama Shakes sang from the speakers on our visit. Megan Lisagor Stoessell,, "Worcester has upped its game," 13 June 2019 The gunman and the second man then got into a beige, older-model Honda-type car that was driven by a third unknown person, police said. Steve Schering,, "Police: Chicago resident robbed at gunpoint Monday night in Oak Park," 11 June 2019 Diners are required to wear white from head to toe — no shades of off-white, cream or beige, and no accent colors. Leeanne Griffin,, "‘Chic picnic’ Le Dîner en Blanc comes to Hartford for first time," 3 July 2019 My room at Encore was 50 shades of beige (plus white linens, white trim, and white lamps). Christopher Muther,, "Fifty shades of beige: Welcome to the Encore Boston Harbor hotel," 28 June 2019 Computer casings in every imaginable shade of beige. The Economist, "Taiwan’s computing titans are caught up in the US-China tech war," 6 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In this instance, the car was light beige with a dark tan interior. Vern Parker, Houston Chronicle, "Unrestored 1968 Volkswagen keeps it original charm," 31 Jan. 2020 Equipped with $1500 two-tone beige-and-black leather upholstery and the Sport trim's tacky carbon-fiber trim, the CT5's interior is an overwhelming mix of too many colors, shapes, and textures. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "The New CT5 Is a Step Backwards for Cadillac," 30 Jan. 2020 Bottled horseradish will be light beige if preserved in vinegar, or red if preserved in beet juice. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Super Bowl food: Easy twist on sloppy joes has a horseradish kick," 24 Jan. 2020 One submission this year included a fluorescent tree made from Bacillus subtilis, a soil microbe that is typically beige. Jennifer Tsang, National Geographic, "This gorgeous art was made with a surprising substance: live bacteria," 20 Nov. 2019 The black limo with beige interior is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Barrett-Jackson: Cars belonging to late evangelist Billy Graham and business magnate Howard Hughes to be auctioned in Scottsdale," 12 Jan. 2020 In fact, for her bridal wear too, Soha chose a golden beige outfit over red, a traditional colour for Punjabi brides. Parul Bhandari, Quartz India, "How Delhi’s super-rich housewives strive to be part of a global elite," 9 Jan. 2020 For only $49, the '70s-inspired boots are stocked in beige leather, brown snakeskin, shiny black croc, and black and camel suede (all vegan, of course). Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Three Different "Seventeen" Editors Just Bought These $49 Vegan Snakeskin Boots From Lulu's," 9 Jan. 2020 For a night in New York City with Stormi in tow, Jenner chose a beige crop top with loose cargo pants cinched at the waist. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "The Kylie Jenner Outfits Everyone Can Copy (and Instagram)," 8 Jan. 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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The first known use of beige was in 1819

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16 Feb 2020

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“Beige.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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