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.


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)


  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.


  • 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.”


  • 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.

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