AskDefine | Define ecru

Dictionary Definition

ecru n : a very light brown [syn: beige]

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From écru, "raw" or "unbleached".


  1. a beige colour.
    ecru colour:   


  1. of a beige colour.

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Extensive Definition

Ecru describes the shade greyish-pale yellow or a light greyish-yellowish brown. It is often used to describe such fabrics as silk and linen in their unbleached state. Ecru comes from the French word écru, which means literally 'raw' or 'unbleached'.
In the 1930s and before, ecru was considered to be the same colour as beige (a synonym or alias for beige), but now ecru and beige are regarded as two different colours.
Source of color: ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (1955)--Color Sample of Ecru (color sample #90):

Ecru in human culture

ecru in German: Naturfarben
ecru in French: Écru
ecru in Italian: Ecru (colore)
ecru in Luxembourgish: Ecru
ecru in Dutch: Ecru
ecru in Swedish: Écru

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aureate, auric, beige, 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, 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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