Definition of khaki
1a : a khaki-colored cloth made usually of cotton or wool and used especially for military uniformsb : a garment of this cloth; especially : a military uniform —usually used in plural
2 : a light yellowish brown
Examples of khaki in a Sentence
a military uniform made of khaki
Recent Examples of khaki from the Web
Mr. Judson enjoyed doing yardwork dressed in khakis and loafers and loved to work on home projects, his family said.
In the video, Ruth and at least four other bystanders look on as a man dressed in a black shirt and khaki pants sits astride the other man, who is on the ground and wearing a black T-shirt and red shorts.
I’m left to wait around in dress khakis with no weapons.
After walking the 2017 Billboard Music Awards magenta carpet on Sunday (May 21) in a khaki and camoflague floor-length skirt by Juun.
In a crisp white shirt and khaki shorts, the filmmaker looks like a cross between a tropical explorer and a speed-chess player from Harvard Square.
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Did You Know?
In the mid-19th century, units of the British Indian Army applied the Hindi word khāki, “dust-colored, brown,” to the color of a uniform cloth. Dull brown uniforms were preferred because they did not show dirt, but the major reason that all colonial units of the British Army eventually adopted them was because they made excellent camouflage. Today we typically associate khaki with fashionable casualness and a summery look rather than British military uniforms
Origin and Etymology of khaki
Hindi & Urdu khākī dust-colored, from khāk dust, from Persian
First Known Use: 1857
KHAKI Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of khaki for English Language Learners
: a yellowish-brown cloth
khakis : pants made of khaki
: a yellowish-brown color
KHAKI Defined for Kids
Definition of khaki for Students
1 : a light yellowish brown cloth used especially for military uniforms
2 khakis plural : a pair of pants made of khaki
3 : a light yellowish brown
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