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[beyzh] /beɪʒ/
very light brown, as of undyed wool; light gray with a brownish tinge.
of the color beige.
Origin of beige
1855-60; < French; Old French bege, of uncertain origin Unabridged
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Examples from the web for beige
  • They have a pale belly and beige to reddish-brown coat that is short during summer and thicker and longer in winter.
  • Although there is a sedateness about the soothing beige color scheme that denotes a certain elegance.
  • Most of the snakes had handsome beige or brown markings.
  • Its low-slung beige brick, undulating for acre after acre.
  • The shelter fabric is a drab beige vinyl, and the sides of the tents roll up to let in a night breeze.
  • Foliage turns yellow in fall, gradually fades to beige.
  • Above you see an old, keyless computer keyboard, the kind of bland beige box to be found mouldering on any sidewalk.
  • He wears a beige running suit, high-top sneakers and no socks.
  • Aisles of beige boxes stretch as far as the eye can.
  • The picture is taken by equipment in a glossy beige box the size of a hotel minibar.
British Dictionary definitions for beige


  1. a very light brown, sometimes with a yellowish tinge, similar to the colour of undyed wool
  2. (as adjective): beige gloves
a fabric made of undyed or unbleached wool
Word Origin
C19: from Old French, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for beige

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for beige



Boring; insipid; ho-hum (1980s+ High-school students)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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