chi·​no | \ ˈchē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce chino (audio) , ˈshē- How to pronounce chino (audio) \
plural chinos

Definition of chino

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually khaki cotton or synthetic-fiber twill of the type used for military uniforms
2 chinos plural : an article of clothing made of chino


geographical name
Chi·​no | \ ˈchē-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce Chino (audio) \

Definition of Chino (Entry 2 of 2)

city in southwestern California east of Los Angeles population 77,893

Examples of chino in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some of their summer styles are on sale right now at Amazon up to 30 percent off, including the popular chino shorts for both boys and girls plus breezy tops and dresses. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "Amazon’s huge summer sale includes must-have deals on kids, baby items," 25 June 2020 The candidate then sent a photo of him wearing baggy chino shorts, an orange polo and a zip-up vest. CBS News, "Facebook changes ad policy after Bloomberg hired influencers," 14 Feb. 2020 Wearing the traditional garb alongside chino pants was the correct way of wearing the sherwani, Arfeen adds. Simon Perry,, "Pakistani Designer Behind Prince William’s Rare Style Moment Speaks Out: ‘He Stole the Show’," 16 Oct. 2019 Ahora debe enfrentarse a un gánster chino que ha robado su indestructible corazón y lo ha sustituido por un sofisticado artefacto con batería. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 Some of the pieces are cut wide, for maximum flair; others feature functional patches (one accommodates an AirPod case); and some have a light blue stripe running down the side like a chino version of tuxedo pants. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Does ‘Sustainable Fashion’ Really Mean Anything?," 17 June 2019 The looks included Lycra running tops worn with a chino and topped with a bucket hat as easily as with runner’s leggings and a flat runner’s pack or with a notched suit jacket and matching trousers. Washington Post, "Sunnei to Palm Angels, streetwear in fashion focus in Milan," 16 June 2019 The result is the Staples Edition by Louis Vuitton, a 30-piece line of menswear essentials like the overcoat, the blazer, the chino and the low-top sneaker, to name a few, rendered largely in versatile neutrals.... Christine Whitney, WSJ, "Preview Virgil Abloh’s Staples Edition by Louis Vuitton," 25 Apr. 2019 Legs that taper toward the ankle added a bit of fashion flare, and the muted chino exterior made the Live Free dressy enough to fly in any office where traditional khaki pants could. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Testing Men's Crossover Office-to-Outdoors Pants," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of chino


1943, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chino


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“Chino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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