khaki

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noun kha·ki \ˈka-kē, ˈkä-, Canadian often ˈkär-\

Definition of khaki

  1. 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. 2 :  a light yellowish brown

khaki

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Examples of khaki in a Sentence

  1. a military uniform made of khaki

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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

khaki

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Definition of khaki for English Language Learners

  • : a yellowish-brown cloth

  • khakis : pants made of khaki

  • : a yellowish-brown color


KHAKI Defined for Kids

khaki

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noun kha·ki \ˈka-kē, ˈkä-\

Definition of khaki for Students

  1. 1 :  a light yellowish brown cloth used especially for military uniforms

  2. 2 khakis plural :  a pair of pants made of khaki

  3. 3 :  a light yellowish brown



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