Origin of beretFrench béret from Provençal berret from Late Latin birrettum: see biretta
- A round, soft, brimless cap that fits snugly and is often worn angled to one side.
- Beret A Green Beret.
Origin of beretFrench béret from French dialectal berret and from Old Provençal berret cap both from Late Latin birrus hooded cloak ; see biretta .
From French béret, from Occitan (Gascon) berret (“cap”), from Medieval Latin birretum, from Late Latin birrus (“large hooded cloak”), from Gaulish berros 'short, clipped' (compare Welsh byrr, Middle Irish berr). Compare biretta.