Definition of khaki in English:


Syllabification: khak·i
Pronunciation: /ˈkakē

noun (plural khakis)

  • 1A textile fabric of a dull brownish-yellow color, in particular a strong cotton fabric used in military clothing.
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    • The jacket is manufactured from wool and has khaki cloth patches on the elbows.
    • This mixture gave them the appearance of being in khaki and dark police uniform.
    • The temperament of men in khaki differs dramatically from state to state.
  • 1.1A dull brownish-yellow color: [as modifier]: the pale khaki sand
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    • Some ladies however prefer to go neutral in warm beige, sand and khaki combinations.
    • Emily was wearing a pair of khaki short shorts and a bright red tank top.
    • Mitch looked pretty good with his hair gelled up, and a black button up shirt, and a pair of cut off khaki shorts.
  • 1.2 (khakis) Clothing, especially pants, made of khaki.
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    • I normally wear them to the gym but I also put them on with jeans, khakis, or cargos for a casual weekend look.
    • He was casually dressed in a blue sweater over a dress shirt and khakis.
    • They're considered a tad dressier than khakis or jeans, but remember that they are not formal in any way.


mid 19th century: from Urdu khākī 'dust-colored', from khāk 'dust', from Persian.

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