Drab (color)

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Drab is a dull light-brown color, the color of undyed wool cloth of the same name.

Drab is a dull, light-brown color.[1] It originally took its name from a fabric of the same color made of undyed, homespun wool. The word was first used in English in the mid-16th century. It probably originated from the Old French word drap, which meant cloth.[1] The word gradually came to mean dull, lifeless, or monotonous.

In military uniforms[edit]

Several shades of drab have been used for military uniforms, including the above-mentioned light-brown color. The greenish shades of drab, known as olive drab, were used as the colors of the U.S. Army uniforms and equipment during World War II.


  1. ^ a b Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (5th ed.). Oxford University Press. 1982.

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