- a soft wool fabric, formerly undyed and unbleached
- its characteristic sandy color; grayish tan
Origin of beigeFr, origin, originally , natural color of wool from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A light grayish brown or yellowish brown to grayish yellow.
- A soft fabric of undyed, unbleached wool.
Origin of beigeFrench fine woolen fabric left in its natural color from Old French bege perhaps from shortening of Old Italian bambagia cotton wool ultimately from Medieval Latin bombax cotton ; see bombazine .
- A slightly yellowish gray colour, as that of unbleached wool.
- debeige; a kind of woollen or mixed dress goods
(comparative more beige, superlative most beige)
- Having a slightly yellowish gray colour, as that of unbleached wool.
Borrowing from French dialectal beige, from Old French bege 'color of undyed wool or coton', from an Alpine language (compare Franco-Provençal bézho, Romansch besch) 'dull grey', from Vulgar Latin *bysseus 'cottony grey' (compare French bis, Catalan bis, Italian bìgio), from Late Latin byssus 'cotton', from Ancient Greek βύσσος (býssos) 'cotton homespun', from Semitic (compare Hebrew/Aramaic [script?] (būṣ))