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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ We walked to the elevators through about a quarter mile of post-modernist interior decor, pretty well disguised as fake ecru adobe.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1869, "having the color of raw silk or unbleached linen," from French écru "raw, unbleached," from Old French escru "raw, crude, rough" (13c.), from es- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + Latin crudus "raw" (see crude).


a. Of a beige colour. n. A beige colour.


n. a very light brown [syn: beige]

Ecru, MS -- U.S. town in Mississippi
Population (2000): 947
Housing Units (2000): 411
Land area (2000): 4.094841 sq. miles (10.605590 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.006807 sq. miles (0.017631 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 4.101648 sq. miles (10.623221 sq. km)
FIPS code: 21340
Located within: Mississippi (MS), FIPS 28
Location: 34.355505 N, 89.027633 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 38841
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Ecru, MS

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 the colour beige (a synonym or alias for beige), but since the 1950s ecru and beige have been regarded as two different colours.

Usage examples of "ecru".

The narrow sling, fashioned of ecru ribbon, blended in with the dress, and the corsage covered the band around her wrist.

It was a study in neoclassic elegance, monochromatic shades of sedate ecru and ivory.

My excitable familiar might have been summoning me to a discussion on the merits of beige over ecru, for all the emotion in his voice.

Mayans mention anything about him disappearing into a cloud-any color of cloud, maybe an ecru colored cloud?

Sitting there the picture of innocence, clothed in a formal black dress with yards of ecru lace spilling across her throat and at her wrists.

A large wardrobe was built into one corner of the paneled woodwork, and a comfortable-looking bed with a gold velvet spread and ecru curtains that could be drawn occupied an inside wall.

Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria from nightmare and ecru marble, then hack it apart with a chainsaw and reassemble it with indifferent attention to form and order.

She wears an underdress of pale green silk, draped with an overdress of thin ecru canvas embroidered with gold.

The floor -tiles would be coming next week, special ceramic jobs from Italy in ecru and ivory and black.

My date had chosen an ensemble of ecru pants, blue blazer, pale yellow shirt, and yellow and navy polka-dot tie.

Lefevre was a country dame, a widow, one of these half peasants, with ribbons and bonnets with trimming on them, one of those persons who clipped her words and put on great airs in public, concealing the soul of a pretentious animal beneath a comical and bedizened exterior, just as the country-folks hide their coarse red hands in ecru silk gloves.

The final passenger boarded immediately behind the other woman and was a young woman, perhaps eighteen or nineteen, wearing a stylish traveling suit in a cranberry-colored wool trimmed with military-styled soutache with an ecru silk, high necked blouse peeking out from the neckline of the suit jacket.

Its deep square neck and elbow-length sleeves were softened with ruches and froths of ecru lace.

Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria from nightmare and ecru marble, then hack it apart with a chainsaw and reassemble it with indifferent attention to form and order.

The reason that most of the offices had gone to warmer tones, earth tones, comforting tones of yellows, browns, tans, ecru, was that Bert was dating an interior designer.