Beret definition

bə-rā
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A round, flat cap of felt, wool, etc.
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A Green Beret.
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A type of round, brimless cap with a soft top and a headband to secure it to the head; usually culturally associated with France.
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A round, soft, brimless cap that fits snugly and is often worn angled to one side.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
beret
Plural:
berets

Origin of beret

  • French béret from French dialectal berret and from Old Provençal berret cap both from Late Latin birrus hooded cloak biretta

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary