\ˈe-(ˌ)krü, ˈā-(ˌ)krü \

Definition of ecru 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



Definition of ecru (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Stacks of firewood echo the stairs’ rigid lines, and the hall is bare except for a collection of straw hats that Alegre’s girlfriend, Cristina Carulla, hung on an ecru plaster wall. Lauren Collins, New York Times, "Inside an Artfully Imperfect Home in the Catalonian Countryside," 11 May 2018 The ecru shade appears on the back pockets and waistband, while the legs are classic white—and totally opaque, for the record. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Wendelborn Just Launched the Coolest White Jeans Ever," 6 Apr. 2018 Two square inches is hardly enough to tell a room’s worth of difference between eggshell and ecru. Sunset, "Give Your Home Makeover a Shot in the Arm with This New AR App," 22 Jan. 2018 Sienna Miller selected an ecru and white pearly tweed jacket from Chanel’s Métiers d'art Paris-Hamburg 2017/18 collection. Lindzi Scharf,, "On the night before the Oscars, the stars shine bright at the Charles Finch and Chanel dinner," 4 Mar. 2018 Or maybe ecru, which is one of my favorite words that appears with regularity in the New York Times crossword puzzle. Ken Otterbourg, Longreads, "Grief is a Jumble Word," 24 Feb. 2018 In the photo with an ecru background, the royals coordinate by donning various shades of light blue. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "See the adorable new family photo of William, Kate, and kids from this year's Christmas card," 18 Dec. 2017 Each pair is high-top and comes in stunning ecru crochet, blue seersucker, indigo denim, ecru denim, white leather, black leather, powder pink leather and midnight blue leather. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Reebok and Jonathan Simkhai Debut Collaboration at NYFW," 12 Sep. 2017 The green hues - also used in up lighting -- complemented the party's color palette of white, ecru, gold, and silver. Sue Strachan,, "Nine debutantes celebrated at Juleps in June soiree," 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of ecru


1836, in the meaning defined above


1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ecru


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

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