[ kak-ee, kah-kee ]
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noun,plural khak·is.
  1. dull yellowish brown.

  2. a stout, twilled cotton cloth of this color, used especially in making uniforms.

  1. Usually khakis. (used with a plural verb)

    • a uniform made of this cloth, especially a military uniform.

    • a garment made of this cloth, especially trousers.

  2. a similar fabric of wool.

  1. of the color khaki.

  2. made of khaki.

Origin of khaki

First recorded in 1855–60; from Urdu, from Persian khākī “dusty,” equivalent to khāk “dust” + a suffix indicating relationship or origin

Other words from khaki

  • khak·i·like, adjective

Words Nearby khaki Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use khaki in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for khaki


/ (ˈkɑːkɪ) /

nounplural -kis
    • a dull yellowish-brown colour

    • (as adjective): a khaki background

    • a hard-wearing fabric of this colour, used esp for military uniforms

    • (as modifier): a khaki jacket

Origin of khaki

C19: from Urdu, from Persian: dusty, from khāk dust

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