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Beige is a pale 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. [ Maerz and Paul "A Dictionary of Color" New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 190; Color Sample of Beige: Page 45 Plate 11 Color Sample C2]

Beige and Zinnwaldite

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In the 1960s, the American telecommunications company AT&T marketed a telephone for offices and homes in a color they called "beige" which was actually the color "zinnwaldite".Fact|date=May 2008

Beige and Ecru

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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 [ Maerz and Paul "A Dictionary of Color" New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 149--Discussion of the color Beige (shown in this book's color sample as the same color that is displayed as "beige" in the Wikipedia color box shown above) notes that beige is exactly the same color as Ecru. ] , 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

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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. [ Maerz and Paul "A Dictionary of Color" New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 195; Color Sample of French beige: Page 49 Plate 13 Color Sample A7]

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.

Beige in human culture


* The Beige Book, more formally called the "Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions", is a report published by the Federal Reserve Board eight times a year. Each report is a gathering of "anecdotal information on current economic conditions" by each Federal Reserve Bank in its district.


*"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 peachFact|date=November 2007.


*"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)Fact|date=November 2007.


*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.Fact|date=June 2008


*In many languages, as in English, the word for "beige" is an adaptation of the French word.Fact|date=June 2008


*Beige was the color of New Zealand Cricket team from 1984-1989.Fact|date=June 2008

See also

* List of colors


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