: a pale or light grayish yellow or brown : beige sense 2
… the latest fashion dictate: Beige. From Calvin Klein to the Gap, fashion purveyors have flooded malls with ecru, khaki and cream …Teri Agins


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: of the color ecru : of a color that is light grayish-yellowish brown : beige
ecru fabric
an ecru skirt
ecru walls

Examples of ecru in a Sentence

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Almost every detail of this pick is customizable, however, the paper is only available in pearl white and ecru. Addie Morton, Southern Living, 24 July 2023 Decorators offer expert advice on using ecru as the new go-to color in your home. Kelsey Mulvey, Southern Living, 2 Aug. 2023 The style is also available in a medium and small size, and camel and ecru colorways. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 19 July 2023 Grab it in black like Oprah, or shop it in spring-ready ecru or latte. Nicola Fumo, Peoplemag, 26 Apr. 2023 Shown in neutral ecru, the shoe comes in 26 different colors and prints. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023 These monochrome ecru canvas sneakers will definitely get us to that state of mind. Isaiah Freeman-Schub, Robb Report, 16 Mar. 2023 Crinkled linen jackets in ecru and tans appeared light as air, complemented by sheer skirts and matching tops to counter the linen. Kevin Leblanc, ELLE, 16 Mar. 2023 This muted ecru color goes with anything and will never go out of style, but packs a more stylish punch than your standard black or white sneaker. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 7 Mar. 2023
Shop it in core colors black, ecru, cappuccino, dark olive, or caramel (pictured). $248 at Cuyana Best water-resistant bag Made of lightweight, water-resistant fabric, this sporty crossbody from Fjällräven is a smart choice for travelers no matter what's on the agenda. Kristi Kellogg, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Aug. 2023 The shoes are available in various neutral colorways, including black, burgundy, forest green, metallic, ecru, and a leopard print. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 29 Aug. 2023 For Wim Wender's premiere, which took place early in the afternoon, Larson wore a black, ecru, pink and blue embroidered jacquard denim vest with matching top and skirt. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 May 2023 Nailing the winter white trend, Kate opted for an ecru double-breasted textured blazer from Zara, which originally retailed for $100 but is now on sale for $30. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 8 Feb. 2023 Each chair includes tie-on seat cushions covered in an ecru polyester-blend fabric. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 30 Apr. 2022 For the high-class, there were ecru and black tweed skirt suits -- the house signature. Thomas Adamson, Star Tribune, 6 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History



French écru, literally, unbleached, raw, from Old French escru, from es- completely (from Latin ex-) + cru raw, from Latin crudus — more at raw

First Known Use


1836, in the meaning defined above


1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ecru was in 1836

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“Ecru.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ecru. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: beige
ecru adjective

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