ecru

[ek-roo, ey-kroo]
adjective
1.
very light brown in color, as raw silk, unbleached linen, etc.
noun
2.
an ecru color.
Also, écru [French ey-kry] .


Origin:
1865–70; < French, equivalent to é- completely (< Latin ex- ex-1) + cru raw (< Latin crūdus; see crude)

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ecru (ˈɛkruː, ˈeɪkruː)
 
n
1.  a greyish-yellow to a light greyish colour; the colour of unbleached linen
 
adj
2.  of the colour ecru
 
[C19: from French, from é- (intensive) + cru raw, from Latin crūdus; see crude]

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ecru
1869, from Fr. ecru "raw, unbleached," from O.Fr. escru, from es- "thoroughly" + L. crudus "raw" (see crude).
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Example sentences
The shower is filled to the ceiling with silk lampshades triple-lined in beige over ecru under salmon.
The window frames and muntins are dark green, and the window trim is ecru.
The eyebrow hoods and cornice are ecru with details picked out in dark green.
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