One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A light, silky dress fabric resembling gauze, typically made from wool.
- ‘Figure 1 is in violet barege, of which the stripes are a shade darker than the material.’
- ‘Full mourning means wearing a dress of very dull black material such as paramatta, bombazine, barege or grenadine, with deep gathers of black crape covering at least the lower third of the skirt.’
- ‘She ought to have worn a white dress as the others did but Grandmother said her new pink barege would do.’
- ‘A drapery scarf is sometimes added to this dress, of white barege, with the ends in stripes of gold across, and finished by a splendid and gossamer-like fringe of white silk.’
- ‘She did her hair according to the directions of the hairdresser, and put on the barege dress spread out upon the bed.’
French, named after the village of Barèges in SW France, where it was originally made.
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