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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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  • beret stood in front of her till she was forced to raise her head and look at her.

    The Bridal March; One Day Bjrnstjerne Bjrnson
  • Gloria took off her beret and crammed it into a drawer of her desk.

    Hex Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)
  • As soon as she had finished, they went slowly towards the sœter—and beret was soon in bed.

    The Bridal March; One Day Bjrnstjerne Bjrnson
  • She felt her hair falling about her neck and shoved it up underneath her beret.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • The man in front wore a diamond sunburst jewel on his beret, and his cloak was lined with pale blue silk.

    Space Viking Henry Beam Piper
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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