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[kak-ee, kah-kee] /ˈkæk i, ˈkɑ ki/
noun, plural khakis.
dull yellowish brown.
a stout, twilled cotton cloth of this color, used especially in making uniforms.
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.
a similar fabric of wool.
of the color khaki.
made of khaki.
Origin of khaki
1855-60; < Urdu < Persian khākī dusty, equivalent to khāk dust + suffix of appurtenance
Related forms
khakilike, adjective Unabridged
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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


noun (pl) -kis
  1. a dull yellowish-brown colour
  2. (as adjective): a khaki background
  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

"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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