khaki

[kak-ee, kah-kee]

noun, plural khak·is.

dull yellowish brown.
a stout, twilled cotton cloth of this color, used especially in making uniforms.
Usually khakis. (used with a plural verb)
  1. a uniform made of this cloth, especially a military uniform.
  2. a garment made of this cloth, especially trousers.
a similar fabric of wool.

adjective

of the color khaki.
made of khaki.

Origin of khaki

1855–60; < Urdu < Persian khākī dusty, equivalent to khāk dust + suffix of appurtenance
Related formskhak·i·like, adjective
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khaki

noun plural -kis

  1. a dull yellowish-brown colour
  2. (as adjective)a khaki background
  1. a hard-wearing fabric of this colour, used esp for military uniforms
  2. (as modifier)a khaki jacket

Word Origin for khaki

C19: from Urdu, from Persian: dusty, from khāk dust
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Word Origin and History for khaki
n.

"dust-colored cloth," 1857, from Urdu khaki, literally "dusty," from khak "dust," from Persian. First introduced in uniforms of British cavalry in India (the Guide Corps, 1846); widely adopted for camouflage purposes in the Boer Wars (1899-1902). As an adjective from 1863. Related: Khakis.

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