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noun, plural chi·nos for 2.
  1. a tough, twilled cotton cloth used for uniforms, sports clothes, etc.
  2. Usually chinos. trousers made of this material.
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  1. made of chino.
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Origin of chino1

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


noun, plural chi·nos. Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. Chicano.
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Origin of chino2

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


  1. a city in SE California.
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pl n
  1. trousers made of chino
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noun plural -nos
  1. US a durable cotton twill cloth
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Word Origin

C20: from American Spanish, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for chinos


(plural) 1943, from American Spanish chino, the name of the fabric from which they are made (see chino).

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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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