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[buh-rey] /bəˈreɪ/
a soft, visorless cap with a close-fitting headband and a wide, round top often with a tab at its center.
Origin of beret
1820-30; < French < Gascon berret, OPr. ber(r)et. See biretta
Can be confused
barrette, beret. Unabridged
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a round close-fitting brimless cap of soft wool material or felt
Word Origin
C19: from French béret, from Old Provençal berret, from Medieval Latin birrettum cap; see biretta
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Word Origin and History for beret

also berret, 1827, from French béret, 19c., from dialect of Béarn, from Old Gascon berret "cap," from Medieval Latin birretum, diminutive of Late Latin birrus "a large hooded cloak," perhaps of Gaulish origin. The round, flat cap originally was worn by Basque peasants.

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