[kak-ee, kah-kee]
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)
a uniform made of this cloth, especially a military uniform.
a garment made of this cloth, especially trousers.
a similar fabric of wool.
of the color khaki.
made of khaki.

1855–60; < Urdu < Persian khākī dusty, equivalent to khāk dust + suffix of appurtenance

khakilike, adjective Unabridged
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khaki (ˈkɑːkɪ)
n , pl -kis
1.  a.  a dull yellowish-brown colour
 b.  (as adjective): a khaki background
2.  a.  a hard-wearing fabric of this colour, used esp for military uniforms
 b.  (as modifier): a khaki jacket
[C19: from Urdu, from Persian: dusty, from khāk dust]

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Word Origin & History

1857, from Urdu khaki, lit. "dusty," from khak "dust," from Pers. First introduced in uniforms of British cavalry in India (the Guide Corps, 1846); widely adopted for camouflage purposes in the Boer Wars (1899-1902).
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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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Example sentences
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.
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