What does khaki mean?

Definitions for khaki
ˈkæk i, ˈkɑ kikha·k·i

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word khaki.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. khakiadjective

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

  2. khakiadjective

    of a yellowish brown color


  1. khakinoun

    sometimes confusingly used as an abbreviation of khaki green.

  2. khakinoun

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

  3. khakiadjective

    being dust-coloured.

  4. Etymology: From ख़ाकी / خاکی, from خاکی


  1. khaki

    Khaki is a light brown color with a yellowish tinge, often used to describe certain types of military uniforms or clothing items. Khaki can also refer to a type of durable, twill-woven fabric of the same color, used especially in military clothing.


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Khaki

    kä′ki, adj. dust-coloured.—n. a light drab cloth used for some East Indian and other uniforms.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Khaki

    Expresses the Hindoo for “colour of cow dung.” This term came into prominence during the South African War, when all British uniforms were made of materials of this hue, so as to make our troops less conspicuous to the enemy.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. KHAKI

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Khaki is ranked #138304 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Khaki surname appeared 121 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Khaki.

    54.5% or 66 total occurrences were White.
    33% or 40 total occurrences were Asian.
    9.9% or 12 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of khaki in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of khaki in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of khaki in a Sentence

  1. Carl Douglas:

    LA County has been rife with gangs that wear khaki and green for more than 40 years, we have to stamp out those gangs that patrol our neighborhoods with that warrior mentality.

  2. Benyamin Akhunzada:

    There are four administrations in Khaki Safed, one is the governor. Another is Afghan local police. Another is the Taliban. Another is Daish.

  3. Douglas MacArthur:

    The Long Gray Line has never failed us, were you to do so, a million ghosts in olive drab, in brown khaki, in blue and gray, would rise from their white crosses, thundering those magic words :' Duty, honor, country.'.

  4. Lindsey Carnett:

    We’ve heard the term misery loves company, people who complain or rant are made for each other. Think of observing couples who have been married for years go on outings wearing the same color sweater with khaki pants. Be prepared to see Kimye evolve as they grow closer. These impulsive Twitter behaviors are just the beginning of what’s yet to come. They are a sociologist’s dream couple.

  5. Laura Hogue:

    Turning Ahmaud Arbery into a victim after the choices that he made does not reflect the reality of what brought Ahmaud Arbery to Satilla Shores in his khaki shorts with no socks to cover his long, dirty toenails.

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