kha·​ki | \ ˈka-kē How to pronounce khaki (audio) , ˈkä- How to pronounce khaki (audio) , Canadian often ˈkär- \

Definition of khaki

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a light yellowish-brown cloth made usually of cotton or wool a uniform made of khaki
b : a garment (such as a military uniform or a pair of pants) made of this cloth usually plural His hair was brushed back and his service khakis pressed. The two officers went aft to the helicopter pad …— Tom ClancyTraditionally, loafers are strictly casual. You wear them with khakis to the bar or on casual Fridays.GQ
2 : a light yellowish-brown



Definition of khaki (Entry 2 of 2)

: of the color khaki : having a light, yellowish-brown color used especially of cloth khaki pants

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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

Examples of khaki in a Sentence

Noun a military uniform made of khaki
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Wolverines football coach loves his khaki pants and is wonderfully famous for wearing them all the time. Michelle R. Martinelli, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2017 The carbon fiber panels, painted in a khaki yellow, including the hood, fenders, bumpers, deck lid, deep chin spoiler, quarter extensions and valence, were all made by SpeedKore. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Nov. 2017 Boyes was able to get his hands on khaki pants and a dark green or gray zip-up jacket, and walked out of the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston, West Virginia, just before 6 a.m. Wednesday. Kwegyirba Croffie And Dakin Andone, CNN, 29 Oct. 2017 During the hearing Thursday, Boys wore an orange jumpsuit and sat to the right of the judge as two deputies in black polo shirts and khaki pants stood nearby, watching him with crossed arms. Emily Lane,, 19 Oct. 2017 The flames in the campfire are leaping, and so are the figures around it, in flowing khaki robes emblazoned with various pronouns. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, 16 Oct. 2017 The lenses were trained on a low-lying mountain ridge in the distance, blue in the dying light, where plumes of khaki smoke floated upward from multiple spot fires. Laura Nelson,, 14 Oct. 2017 Before being caught in Wauwatosa, Farber was last seen on foot in Juneau and was wearing khaki pants, a green shirt, and orange Croc-type shoes. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Oct. 2017 So school administrators did: All students must wear black, navy, or khaki bottoms and white or light-blue shirts., 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of khaki


1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1856, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for khaki


Hindi & Urdu khākī dust-colored, from khāk dust, from Persian

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“Khaki.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of khaki

: a yellowish-brown cloth
: pants made of khaki
: a yellowish-brown color


kha·​ki | \ ˈka-kē How to pronounce khaki (audio) , ˈkä- \

Kids Definition of khaki

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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