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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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British Dictionary definitions for khakis

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 khakis

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 khakis

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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