The conference room on the third floor of the New York Helmsley hotel is rather dourly decorated in a palette of brown and beige.
It is two dozen black, two dozen beige and two dozen white, not two thousand of each.
The speaker was wearing a pair of beige shorts—pleated, alas—and a pale blue-and-white striped polo.
1858, "fine woolen fabric," from dialectal French beige "yellowish-gray, brownish-gray," from Old French bege "the natural color of wool and cotton; raw, not dyed" (13c.), of obscure origin. "Das Wort lebt namentlich in der Bourgogne und Fr. Comté, daneben aber auch im Südwesten" [Gamillscheg]. As a shade of color, it is attested from 1879. As an adjective by 1879.
Boring; insipid; ho-hum (1980s+ High-school students)