Definition of beret in English:



  • A round flattish cap of felt or cloth.

    • ‘‘In the last few weeks we have been wearing berets instead of helmets during our patrols,’ said the soldier.’
    • ‘He was also wearing a coat with fur trim on the hood and a beret which had a badge on the front.’
    • ‘Turn out your cupboard for old straw sunhats, berets, baseball caps and felt hats.’
    • ‘But, look around and you will see a few hats, caps and berets going around town.’
    • ‘It was like a beret, though round and from the center of the hat, hung a tassel.’
    • ‘She was dressed in a stylish outfit for church, wearing a leather patchwork blazer and a felt beret in place of the traditional headdress.’
    • ‘They wore leather jackets and sunglasses and berets and drove fast cars, and they were very aware of their glamour.’
    • ‘I grinned as I found a black beret, turning back to Floyd with it on.’
    • ‘Members of the 60-strong association will wear their berets and regimental blazers and parade through the town centre.’
    • ‘A pair of sunglasses and a beret over her blonde hair finished her transformation.’
    • ‘Try on a cool beret, cowboy hat or newsboy to hide your straggly fringe.’
    • ‘There was also a large turnout of veterans in their green blazers and blue berets.’
    • ‘His father worked in the shipping industry, and was unconventional enough to wear a beret to work instead of the statutory bowler hat.’
    • ‘He wore a green uniform with two brass bars on each shoulder and a red beret tucked under one epaulet.’
    • ‘My uncle was a gruff but affectionate character who wore a beret, blue coveralls and smoked hand-rolled cigarettes.’
    • ‘In blazers and berets, their medals shining, they smiled broadly and soaked up the applause and cheers.’
    • ‘The Colonel said the soldiers would have been wearing helmets or berets, not floppy hats as in the photographs.’
    • ‘However, traditional clothes - such as berets and loose-fitting shirts for men and black shawls for women - may still be seen in some rural areas.’
    • ‘The old soldiers, wearing military berets and caps, were greeted with warm applause, hugs and kisses from a grateful crowd lining the streets.’
    • ‘There was a little boy in a beret and short trousers, and under his arm a loaf of bread that seemed as long as he was.’


Early 19th century: from French béret ‘Basque cap’, from Old Provençal berret, based on late Latin birrus ‘hooded cape’. Compare with biretta.