- a plain-woven cotton cloth printed with a figured pattern, usually on one side.
- British. plain white cotton cloth.
- an animal having a spotted or particolored coat.
- Obsolete. a figured cotton cloth from India.
- made of calico.
- resembling printed calico; spotted or mottled.
Origin of calico
Related Words for calicomaterial, goods, cotton, stuff, bolt, weave, tissue, twill, calico, textiles
Examples from the Web for calico
Contemporary Examples of calico
Of more than 40 cat cafes in Tokyo alone, the most popular are Calico and Cat Café Nekorobi.The Cat's Meow: Top 10 Destinations for Feline Fanatics
December 20, 2013
Sometimes a neighborhood cat, a calico, wanders by and peers in.Inside the NYT Book Review: ‘How I Write’ Interviews Sam Tanenhaus
August 8, 2012
Historical Examples of calico
She untied the bit of calico string with fingers that shook from excitement.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
She put one trembling hand to the calico apron about her head.Tiverton Tales
Such is said to have been the origin of roller printing on calico.Self-Help
He led the way to the settee by the calico and dress goods counter.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
She wore a calico apron and had not found time to do her hair since morning.The Wall Street Girl
Frederick Orin Bartlett
- a white or unbleached cotton fabric with no printed design
- mainly US a coarse printed cotton fabric
- (modifier) made of calico
Word Origin for calico
1530s, kalyko, corruption of Calicut (modern Kozhikode), seaport on Malabar coast of India, where Europeans first obtained it. In 16c. it was second only to Goa among Indian commercial ports for European trade. Extended to animal colorings suggestive of printed calicos in 1807, originally of horses.