Beige was first used as a color term in France.
Beige is variously described as a pale sandy fawn color, a grayish tan, a light-grayish yellowish brown, or a pale to grayish yellow. It takes its name from French, where the word originally referred to natural wool that has been neither bleached nor dyed, hence also the color of natural wool. It has come to describe a variety of light tints chosen for their neu- tral or pale warm appearance. Beige was used as a color term in France, beginning approximately 1855–60; the writer Edmond de Goncourt used it in the novel La Fille Elisa in 1877. The first recorded use of beige as a color name in English was in 1887.