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

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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 Regular guys outside the fashion sphere have seemed to adapt too; even a simple chino short is cut a little higher and slimmer these days. Chris Black, Vogue, "“What the Point of Shorts If They’re Not Short?” Celebrating Menswear's Short Shorts Revival," 1 June 2018 Inspired by a pair of Abercrombie & Fitch chinos that belonged to John F. Kennedy, the brand has released a new capsule collection that draws heavily from the 35th president's wardrobe—including, of course, a modernized take on that original chino. Liz Raiss, GQ, "You Could Use a Style Upgrade," 13 Apr. 2018 Set your legs free with the very best chino shorts. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "The Best Chino Shorts Will Summerize Your Go-To Fits," 20 June 2018 The 100 percent cotton twill chino with a compact weave, tonal herringbone pocketing and natural corozo buttons has a slightly oversize fit, a high waist and a straight leg. Jean Palmieri | Wwd,, "Abercrombie & Fitch to debut John F. Kennedy-inspired collection," 9 Apr. 2018 What appeared to be khakis with a navy polo shirt turned out to be a onesie (instead of the polo pony there was a slice of pie over the left breast); a puffer over an untucked shirt over a chino skirt turned out to be a single coat in three layers. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Sweatpants Forever!," 4 Mar. 2018 It’s been done in denim, chino, and camouflage—and today, Hailey Baldwin took it in a different direction that was a little more rock ‘n’ roll (and a lot more suitable for fall). Maria Ward, Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin Shows How to Take the Bike Shorts Trend Into Fall," 17 Oct. 2017 Next, go with a straight-fit chino in a neutral navy and pair it with a crewneck sweater. Esquire, "3 Ways to Wear this Travel-Friendly Trench Coat," 25 Aug. 2017

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1943, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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