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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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  • The khaki Boys reach France, and, after some intensive training in sound of the battle front, are sent into the trenches.

  • They were also destroyed, as completely as the khaki uniform.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • Under his khaki great-coat and about a foot longer he wore a white jaconet hospital coat.

  • The dapper little officer in khaki was Aguinaldo, and this is the story of how I saw him.

    Bamboo Tales Ira L. Reeves
  • Upon the sleeve of Tom Slade's khaki jacket was seen the profile of an Indian.

    Tom Slade with the Colors Percy K. Fitzhugh
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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