noun, plural chi·nos for 2.

a tough, twilled cotton cloth used for uniforms, sports clothes, etc.
Usually chinos. trousers made of this material.


made of chino.

Origin of chino

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45; of uncertain origin



noun, plural chi·nos. Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive.

Origin of chino

< Mexican Spanish: person of mixed ancestry, usually black and American Indian; further etymology disputed




a city in SE California.


a combining form representing Chinese in compound words: Chino-Tibetan. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chino

Contemporary Examples of chino

Historical Examples of chino

  • 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.

  • Chino uttered a howl, but was violently restrained from bolting.


    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


noun plural -nos

US a durable cotton twill cloth

Word Origin for chino

C20: from American Spanish, of obscure origin


combining form

of or relating to ChinaSee also Sino-
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Word Origin and History for chino

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper