Definitions

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

  • adj. Not bleached or dyed; unfinished. Used of textiles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Unfinished; not fully processed; neither bleached nor dyed.
  • n. A colour between grey and beige, closely akin to taupe.

Etymologies

French grège, from Italian (seta) greggia, raw (silk), from greggio, gray, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French grège ("raw (of silk)"), from Italian (seta) greggia, “raw (silk)”, from greggio ("grey"), ultimately from Germanic roots.[2] (Wiktionary)
Blend of grey and beige (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Can I just say, that if I get one more email from Intermix about how I have to have a $1200 "greige" Nicholas Kirkwood sweater that looks like a moth exploded and then had an affair with a shag rug who molested a knotted sheep, I'm going to scream.

    Meredith Fineman: Fifty First (J)Dates: Fall Fahhshun and What It Means for Your Dating Life.

  • You probably know the look: clean, unadorned lines; high-gloss wood or stone floors; a muted palette of soft gray, beige and "greige" (a bold combination of the two); glass tables; white bed linens; and, at its most sublime, lacquered kitchens with no visible appliances, pots or stray spoons -- in fact, no signs of culinary activity whatsoever.

    The Comforts of Home

  • It's a beautiful 'greige' and it looks fantastic with Cloud White trim.

    Apartment Therapy Main

  • London Fashion Week, couture tans, "greige" nails and SS10's new take on "beachy hair" fast forwarded us to sunny days and balmy nights.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • "greige" shade debuted on the runway in October, and since going on sale in January, the company says it is its top-selling polish and has sold out three times on

    The Seattle Times

  • She was decked out in a pair of cuffed boyfriend jeans, grey stacked heel ankle boots, a greige cashmere sweater and a bracelet sleeved mink.

    Elizabeth Nicholas: The Iceman Cometh

  • Of course, if "greige" is a little understated for you, you could always get a set of William and Kate nail decals.

    April Daniels Hussar: The 10 Craziest Moments of Royal Wedding Frenzy Yet

  • In the United States, greige goods are usually brought by ship from Asia and then trucked from ports to assembly and distribution centers, and from there to stores.

    THE STORY OF STUFF

  • Many retailers of clothing and increasingly also electronics, toys, and other items reduce time in the supply chain by importing what are known as “greige goods.”

    THE STORY OF STUFF

  • Through a casual contact, Haslam was set up for an interview with Condé Nast editorial director Alexander Liberman and landed something far more glamorous: a job in the art department of Vogue, then under the editorship of Jessica Daves amid a netherworld of greige interiors, white-gloved assistants, high-society editors such as Babs Simpson and Chessy Rayner, and a would-be novelist on the copydesk, Joan Didion, who, Haslam recalls, spent the mornings crying.

    Truly, Madly, Nicky

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