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khaki

[kak-ee, kah-kee] /ˈkæk i, ˈkɑ ki/
noun, plural khakis.
1.
dull yellowish brown.
2.
a stout, twilled cotton cloth of this color, used especially in making uniforms.
3.
Usually, khakis. (used with a plural verb)
  1. a uniform made of this cloth, especially a military uniform.
  2. a garment made of this cloth, especially trousers.
4.
a similar fabric of wool.
adjective
5.
of the color khaki.
6.
made of khaki.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; < Urdu < Persian khākī dusty, equivalent to khāk dust + suffix of appurtenance
Related forms
khakilike, adjective
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Examples from the web for khaki
  • She was dressed for a chic safari in a khaki cotton dress with a high waist and a bouffant skirt.
  • All those pockets in the khaki vest do look handy, though.
  • It would be best to wear a campaign hat, a khaki shirt and shorts, tall socks and a neckerchief.
  • Two years ago, walking shorts were mostly khaki or denim, for promenades along the beach or sidewalk.
  • He hasn't bothered to roll up his khaki pants, which are soaked to the knees.
  • In the middle, a chain-link fence topped with concertina wire surrounds a series of khaki tents.
  • Usually he wears khaki pants and a polo or button-down shirt.
  • Going to order the khaki color now before they are gone.
  • His closet full of identical blue, button-down shirts and khaki slacks eliminates sartorial dilly-dally.
  • He showed up for the interview wearing khaki green corduroy pants with a hand-knit turquoise sweater.
British Dictionary definitions for khaki

khaki

/ˈkɑːkɪ/
noun (pl) -kis
1.
  1. a dull yellowish-brown colour
  2. (as adjective): a khaki background
2.
  1. a hard-wearing fabric of this colour, used esp for military uniforms
  2. (as modifier): a khaki jacket
Word Origin
C19: from Urdu, from Persian: dusty, from khāk dust
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Word Origin and History for khaki
n.

"dust-colored cloth," 1857, from Urdu khaki, literally "dusty," from khak "dust," from Persian. First introduced in uniforms of British cavalry in India (the Guide Corps, 1846); widely adopted for camouflage purposes in the Boer Wars (1899-1902). As an adjective from 1863. Related: Khakis.

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Encyclopedia Article for khaki

light brown fabric used primarily for military uniforms. It is made with cotton, wool, or combinations of these fibres, as well as with blends of synthetic fibres. It is made in a variety of weaves, such as serge.

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