Definition of greige

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 \ ˈgrā(zh) How to pronounce greige (audio) \ : being in an unbleached undyed state as taken from a loom used of textiles greige cloth
2 \ ˈgrāzh How to pronounce greige (audio) \ : of a color that blends gray and beige : of the color greige greige walls


\ ˈgrāzh How to pronounce greige (audio) \
plural greiges

Definition of greige (Entry 2 of 2)

: a variable color that blends gray and beige Warm greiges makes a room look soft and casual. Cool greiges make a room look clean and crisp.— Ginna Parsons Her colors were very sophisticated. She particularly liked beige, greige, gray, earth tones, off-black, and the occasional red.— Kennedy Fraser

Examples of greige in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective From soft whites and creams to light brown paint colors and everything in between (greige paint colors, anyone?), these do-it-all shades are perfect for any room, aesthetic, and price point. Chelsea Evers, Country Living, "12 Best Neutral Paint Colors You've Been Looking For," 5 Dec. 2019 Contestants gathered in a big, unfailingly over-warm tent, clad in their Marks-and-Sparks separates and their greige aprons, awkwardly enthusiastic about being on television but entirely committed to proving themselves as Britain’s best bakers. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Great British Baking Show," 3 Oct. 2019 When used strategically, greige paint can have a transformative effect on a space. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "A Color Expert Reveals the Power of Greige Paint," 27 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of greige


1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1911, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for greige


borrowed from French grège "raw, unfinished (of silk)," going back to Middle French, borrowed from Italian greggio (Upper Italian grezzo) "in its natural state, unfinished," perhaps going back to Vulgar Latin *gregius "plain, ordinary" (formed as a counterpart to Latin ēgregius "outstanding, first-rate"), derivative of Latin greg-, grex "flock, herd, troop"; later construed in English as a blend of gray entry 1 and beige entry 2 — more at egregious


derivative of greige entry 1

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