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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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Examples from the web for beret
  • Every few years the beret resurfaces as the head covering of choice.
  • Yes, fair enough: he is a civilian now, for all the paratroop beret in which he campaigned.
  • No, it's not that one is wearing a saucy little beret while the other is tucked into tiny pair of lederhosen.
  • So if you're thinking about a hat for fall, consider the beret.
  • She wore a beret and blazer over her habit, an outfit that should have looked silly, but did not.
  • He was in his colonel's uniform and beret, with white gloves that made his hands seem enormous beside his emaciated body.
  • Most troops seemed to say good riddance to the beret and there were valid reasons for their complaints.
  • If any information is omitted from the license application, the application will beret urn ed, thus delaying processing.
  • He was wearing full green camouflage at the time of his disappearance, as well as tan or dark boots, and a dark-colored beret.
  • The white combination cap can be worn for both males and females, and the beret is an optional item for females only.
British Dictionary definitions for beret


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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