Definition of eau de Nil in English:

eau de Nil


mass noun
  • A pale greenish colour.

    ‘the room was furnished in eau de Nil’
    as modifier ‘eau-de-Nil walls’
    • ‘This pair of eau de nil coloured fitted sheet for king-sized beds are made from a cotton and polyester mix for softness and long-lasting comfort.’
    • ‘The base of the glass must be painted in a delicate shade of eau-de-nil.’
    greenish, viridescent


Late 19th century from French eau-de-Nil, literally ‘water of the Nile’ (from the supposed resemblance in colour).


eau de Nil

/əʊ də ˈniːl/