The color beige encompasses a variety of shades that are typically made with brown combined with colors like yellow, gray or white. Other colors that are synonymous with beige include tan, taupe, khaki and buff. Generally, these colors have a more specific brown and secondary color content than beige.
The color of undyed wool is generally referred to as a natural source of the color beige. British English extends this further, referring to undyed wool with the word "beige" as an alternate definition. The word comes from the mid-18th century French term "bege," meaning "raw wool." "Beige" is also informally defined as something that is boring or uninspired.