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chino1

[chee-noh] /ˈtʃi noʊ/
noun, plural chinos for 2.
1.
a tough, twilled cotton cloth used for uniforms, sports clothes, etc.
2.
Usually, chinos. trousers made of this material.
adjective
3.
made of chino.
Origin of chino1
1940-1945
An Americanism dating back to 1940-45; of uncertain origin

chino2

[chee-noh] /ˈtʃi noʊ/
noun, plural chinos. Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
Origin
< Mexican Spanish: person of mixed ancestry, usually black and American Indian; further etymology disputed

Chino

[chee-noh] /ˈtʃi noʊ/
noun
1.
a city in SE California.

Chino-

1.
a combining form representing Chinese, in compound words:
Chino-Tibetan.
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Examples from the Web for chino
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  • The chino cook brought the meals, and then came and took them off again.

  • The "chino" of course is the merchant of Manila as of all the cities of this part of the world.

    Wanderings in the Orient Albert M. Reese
  • chino uttered a howl, but was violently restrained from bolting.

    Gold Stewart White
  • The chino family still exists, near Trent and has never spoken anything but Italian.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921 Thomas J. Campbell
  • To cap the climax, he taught poor “chino” to stand at attention, and ordered him to ever thus stand when in his august presence.

    Bamboo Tales Ira L. Reeves
British Dictionary definitions for chino

chino

/ˈtʃiːnəʊ/
noun (pl) -nos
1.
(US) a durable cotton twill cloth
Word Origin
C20: from American Spanish, of obscure origin

Chino-

combining form
1.
of or relating to China See also Sino-
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Word Origin and History for chino
n.

type of cotton twill cloth, 1943, from American Spanish chino, literally "toasted;" so called in reference to its usual color. Earlier (via notion of skin color) chino meant "child of one white parent, one Indian" (fem. china), perhaps from Quechua čina "female animal, servant." Sources seem to disagree on whether the racial sense or the color sense is original.

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