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Dictionary Definition

beige adj : of a light grayish-brown color n : a very light brown [syn: ecru]

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  1. A slightly yellowish gray colour, as that of unbleached wool.
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  • Chinese: 米黄 (mǐ huáng)
  • Danish: beige
  • Dutch: beige
  • Esperanto: flavgriza
  • Estonian: beež
  • Finnish: beesi, beige
  • French: beige
  • German: beige
  • Ido: beja
  • Italian: beige
  • Japanese: ベージュ (bēju)
  • Maltese: bexx
  • Portuguese: bege
  • Spanish: beige, beis
  • Swedish: beige
  • Turkish: bej


beige, more beige, most beige
  1. Having a slightly yellowish gray colour, as that of unbleached wool.


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  1. beige

Extensive Definition

Beige is a light yellowish brown color.
The term originates from beige cloth, a woolen fabric left in its natural color. It has since come to be used for a range of light shades chosen for their neutral or cool appearance, and is often (mis)used for light brown shades.
The first recorded use of beige as a color name in English was in 1887.

Beige and Zinnwaldite

It is common for those in the baby boom generation to think of beige as being the color zinnwaldite because in the 1960s, AT&T marketed a colored telephone for offices and homes in a color they called "beige" which was actually the color zinnwaldite.

Beige and Ecru

Originally in the 19th century and up to at least 1930, the color ecru meant exactly the same color as beige or pale cream color , and the word is often used to refer to such fabrics as silk and linen in their unbleached state. Ecru comes from the French word écru, which means literally 'raw' or 'unbleached'. Now in the 21st century, however, ecru is considered a different color from beige.

French beige

At right is displayed the color French beige.
It is perhaps the existence of this color that led people to believe that beige is a light brown color instead of the pale cream shown in the color box at the beginning of this article. The first recorded use of French beige as a color name in English was in 1927.
The source of this color is the following website: ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (1955)--Color Sample of French beige (color sample #57)

Colors in the beige range

Related color names used for colors in the beige range include cream, buff, zinnwaldite, ecru, tan, and Khaki.

Colors in the beige range color comparison chart

The source of these colors is the web color chart and List of Crayola crayon colors.
Yellow Mist (web color Light Yellow) (Hex: #FFFFE0) (RGB: 255, 255, 224) Old Lace (web color) (Hex: #F5F5DC) (RGB: 245, 245, 220) Linen (web color) (Hex: #FAF0E6) (RGB: 250, 240, 230) Antique White (web color) (Hex: #FAEBD7) (RGB: 250, 235, 215) Blanched Almond (web color) (Hex: #FFEBCD) (RGB: 255, 235, 205) Light Goldenrod (web color) (Hex: #FAFAD2) (RGB: 250, 250, 210) Lemon Chiffon (web color) (Lemon Cream) (Hex: #FFFACD) (RGB: 255, 250, 205) Cornsilk (web color) (Hex: #FFF8DC) (RGB: 255, 248, 220) Beige (web color) (Hex: #F5F5DC) (RGB: 245, 245, 220) Cream (Hex: #FFFDD0) (RGB: 255, 253, 208) Papaya Whip (web color) (Hex: #FFEFD5) (RGB: 255, 239, 213) Banana Mania (Crayola) (Hex: #FBE7B2) (RGB: 251, 231, 128) Moccasin (web color) (Hex: #FFE4B5) (RGB: 255, 228, 182) Peach-Yellow (Hex: #FADFAD) (RGB: 250, 223, 173) Wheat (web color) (Hex: #F5DEB3) (RGB: 245, 222, 179) Bisque (web color) (Hex: #FFE4C4) (RGB: 255, 228, 196) Navajo White (web color) (Hex: #FFDEAD) (RGB: 255, 222, 173) Light Khaki (X11 "Khaki") (Hex: #F0E68C) (RGB: 240, 230, 140) Pale Goldenrod (web color) (Hex: #EEE8AA) (RGB: 238, 232, 170) Pale Canary Yellow (Crayola Canary) (Hex: #FFFF99) (RGB: 255, 255, 153) Buff (Hex: #F0DC82) (RGB: 240, 220, 130) Flax (Hex: #EEDC82) (RGB: 238, 220, 130) Zinnwaldite (Hex: #EBC2AF) (RGB: 235, 194, 175) Desert Sand (Crayola) (Hex: #EDC9AF) (RGB: 237, 201, 175) Ecru (Hex: #C3B091) (RGB: 205, 184, 145) Tan (Hex: #D2B48C) (RGB: 210, 180, 140) Khaki (HTML/CSS) (Hex: #C3B091) (RGB: 195, 176, 145) Dark Khaki (X11 "Dark Khaki") (Hex: #BDB76B) (RGB: 189, 183, 107) Tumbleweed (Crayola) (Hex: #DEA681) (RGB: 222, 166, 129) Pale Taupe (Hex: #BC987E) (RGB: 188, 152, 126) Fallow (Hex: #C19A6B) (RGB: 193, 154, 107) Pale Brown (Hex: #987654) (RGB: 152, 118, 54) French Beige (Hex: #A67B5B) (RGB: 166, 123, 91)

Beige in human culture



  • Beige shades have so often been used for personal computer cases and peripherals like mice and monitors that the term beige box has come to mean an ordinary, run-of-the-mill, generic, unremarkable personal computer, and by extension anything which is generic or run-of-the-mill.


  • The skin color of some Caucasians is described more accurately as beige or peach.


  • Beige is a common color of cargo pants (the second most popular after khaki), and is the most popular shade of pantyhose (tights in the UK).


  • In many languages, as in English, the word for beige is an adaptation of the French word.


  • Beige was the color of New Zealand Cricket team from 1984-1989.


  • Beige has also appeared as the lead character of a filmic serial story by Peninsula SUFM published in installments throughout July and August 2007. It was named the Serial Drama Movie and involved characters such as Red, Blue and Yellow, who were too cool for Beige, and made him feel ostracized.

See also


beige in Catalan: Beix
beige in Danish: Beige
beige in Spanish: Beige
beige in Persian: نخودی (رنگ)
beige in French: Beige
beige in Korean: 베이지색
beige in Italian: Beige
beige in Dutch: Beige
beige in Japanese: ベージュ
beige in Norwegian: Beige
beige in Polish: Beżowy
beige in Portuguese: Bege
beige in Russian: Беж
beige in Swedish: Beige
beige in Vietnamese: Be (màu)
beige in Turkish: Bej
beige in Yiddish: בעיזש

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aureate, auric, brown, brownish, brownish-yellow, brunet, buff, buff-yellow, canary, canary-yellow, chocolate, cinnamon, citron, citron-yellow, cocoa, cocoa-brown, coffee, coffee-brown, cream, creamy, drab, dun, dun-brown, dun-drab, ecru, fallow, fawn, fawn-colored, flaxen, fuscous, gilded, gilt, gold, gold-colored, golden, grege, hazel, khaki, lemon, lemon-yellow, lurid, luteolous, lutescent, nut-brown, ocherish, ocherous, ochery, ochreous, ochroid, ochrous, ochry, olive-brown, olive-drab, or, primrose, primrose-colored, primrose-yellow, saffron, saffron-colored, saffron-yellow, sallow, sand-colored, sandy, seal, seal-brown, sepia, snuff-colored, sorrel, straw, straw-colored, tan, taupe, tawny, toast, toast-brown, umber, umber-colored, walnut, walnut-brown, xanthic, xanthous, yellow, yellowish, yellowish-brown
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