Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Mass production began in 19th century France and Spain, countries with which it remains associated. Berets are worn as part of the uniform of many military and police units worldwide, as well as by other organisations.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
also berret, 1827, from French béret, 19c., from dialect of Béarn, from Old Gascon berret "cap," from Medieval Latin birretum, diminutive of Late Latin birrus "a large hooded cloak," perhaps of Gaulish origin. The round, flat cap originally was worn by Basque peasants.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
beret \beret\ n. a cap made of soft cloth with no brim or bill, widening somewhat outward from a close-fitting headband to a flat top, which often has a button or tab in its center.
n. A type of round, brimless cap with a soft top and a headband to secure it to the head; usually culturally associated with France.
n. a cap with no brim or bill; made of soft cloth
Usage examples of "beret".
This was Pere Beret, grizzly, short, compact, his face deeply lined, his mouth decidedly aslant on account of some lost teeth, and his eyes set deep under gray, shaggy brows.
Ronnie Bucca, the ex - Green Beret paratrooper, had made dozens of rescues in his twenty years on the job.
Within four walls you can buy camping gear and berets, batteries and yard goods, postcards and layettes, some slightly damaged or soiled, all at amazing discounts.
In even tones, and with no more than two or three tugs at his beret, he told her that he was sorry but that her good ol' welder had found him some other fish that he must fry and that the aroma of their frying obviously had been making her sick.
Anie qui etait depuis des siecles le nom des filles ainees dans sa famille maternelle, et a Paris Anie etait une sorte de panache tout comme le beret bleu.
Roussillon seized the first opportunity to resume his successful romancing, and presently in the midst of the meal began to tell Father Beret about what he had seen in Quebec.
We had loads of really important things to talk about: makeup, snogging and, of course, berets.
She heard Madame Roussillon and Father Beret chatting in the kitchen, whence came a fragrance of broiling buffalo steak besprinkled with garlic.
And a black beret that complements cheekbones that Bonny does not remember having seen before.
Joanna Brame produced a brown beret from her coat pocket and jammed it on her head.
Joanna Brame pulled on her beret again and Malone settled his pork-pie hat on his head.
Kurt walked out, carrying a pair of millinery shears in one hand and the fur beret in the other.
He wore a brilliantly colored sweater emblazoned with the logo of the local pelote team, black beret, and terrorist pants.
Smoothing down her black slacks, which clung to her hips and thighs, she tried to imagine the angular, not to mention chastely habited, Miss Clavel in skin-hugging pants, a black beret, and poppit beads.
The door swung back and Sacheverell, now no longer in orange beret and pants, but a robe of bronze embroidered green, waved Phil in with an arm that swished emerald silk.