nankeen

noun
nan·​keen | \ ˌnan-ˈkēn How to pronounce nankeen (audio) \

Definition of nankeen

1 : a durable brownish yellow cotton fabric originally loomed by hand in China
2 nankeens plural : trousers made of nankeen

First Known Use of nankeen

circa 1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nankeen

Nanking (Nanjing), China

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“Nankeen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nankeen. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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