Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A grayish to pale yellow or light grayish-yellowish brown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A beige colour.
  • adj. Of a beige colour.

Etymologies

French écru, raw, unbleached, from Old French escru : es-, intensive pref. (from Latin ex-; see ex-) + cru, raw (from Latin crūdus; see kreuə- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French écru ("raw, unbleached"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What I mean is some pages are bright white, one kind of ecru and another is deep teal.

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  • Beneath the luxurious coat, Sabrina wore an ecru angora turtleneck sweater over ecru wool gabardine slacks.

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  • Equally eye-catching in a light olive, four button, single-breasted suit with an ecru cotton shirt and olive silk jacquard pattern tie was his best friend, Julian, whose outfit was complemented by brown calfskin oxfords.

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  • As a designer, I know I could easily whip myself up some white confection or even ecru -- based on my age and shaded past to Sashay Shante down the aisle.

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  • They'll use simple ecru paper and black ink, which are ultimately saying, 'I don't want people to know everything about me.'

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  • Spray paint ecru to heat searing through my fingers I'm leaving this block of farce we've inhabited and lost: the rights to sleep facedown on canvas, away from red taxis and men shuffling in and out of banks, briefcases in hands to waste their lives; the rights to swing glass doors to the garden, benches to roll beer bottles and halve embraces to dark bird songs.

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  • I want the pads, if I get them, to be plain black or grey or ecru like my underwear.

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  • If you can't tell the difference between ecru, cream, off-white, and eggshell, we're going to date.

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  • AFP/Getty Images A pink and ecru silk taffeta and tulle dress by Mr. Galliano for the Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2000 collection.

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  • It was made of an ecru canvas, fastened by clasps and, instead of being stuck or pasted on the front, the address label was stitched on.

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