Definitions for khakiˈkæk i, ˈkɑ ki

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

khak•iˈkæk i, ˈkɑ ki(n.; adj.)(pl.)khak•is

  1. (n.)dull yellowish brown.

  2. a stout, usu. twilled fabric of this color, used esp. in making uniforms.

    Category: Textiles

  3. Usu., khakis. a uniform made of this cloth, esp. a military uniform. a garment made of this cloth, esp. trousers.

    Category: Clothing

  4. (adj.)of the color khaki.

  5. made of khaki.

Origin of khaki:

1855–60; < Urdu < Pers khākī dusty =khāk dust + suffix of appurtenance

Princeton's WordNet

  1. khaki(adj)

    a sturdy twilled cloth of a yellowish brown color used especially for military uniforms

  2. khaki(adj)

    of a yellowish brown color

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. khaki(adjective)ˈkæk i, ˈkɑ ki

    having a greenish brown color, like the color worn by soldiers

    a khaki jacket

  2. khaki(noun)ˈkæk i, ˈkɑ ki

    a greenish brown color, like the color worn by soldiers

  3. khakiˈkæk i, ˈkɑ ki

    pants made of khaki colored material


  1. khaki(Noun)

    sometimes confusingly used as an abbreviation of khaki green.

  2. khaki(Noun)

    a strong cloth of wool or cotton, often used for military uniforms, used as a school uniform color.

  3. khaki(Adjective)

    being dust-coloured.

  4. Origin: From ख़ाकी / خاکی, from خاکی


  1. Khaki

    Khaki is a color, a light shade of yellow-brown similar to tan or beige. Khaki is a loanword incorporated from Hindustani ख़ाकी and Urdu خاکی and is originally derived from the Persian: خاکی, which came to English from British India via the British Indian Army. It has been used by many armies around the world for uniforms, including camouflage. It has been used as a color name in English since 1848. In Western fashion, it is a standard color for smart casual dress trousers for civilians. However, the name is sometimes also used to describe a drab green color. In the mid-twentieth century as many Western militaries adopted an olive drab instead of the older, more brownish khaki, the two color names became associated with each other. In French, and German, for example, "khaki" refers to a much darker olive drab-style military green.

Translations for khaki

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of) a dull brownish or greenish yellow

a khaki uniform; The caf; é was full of men in khaki.

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