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khaki

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːki
 
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Definition of khaki in English:

noun (plural khakis)

[mass noun]
1A strong cotton or wool fabric of a dull brownish-yellow colour, used especially in military clothing: he was dressed from head to toe in khaki [as modifier]: a regulation-issue khaki overall
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 (khakis) Trousers or other clothing made of khaki: he pulled on his khakis
More example sentences
  • 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.
2A dull greenish or brownish-yellow colour: [as modifier]: a pair of khaki Bermuda shorts
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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