American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A light olive brown to moderate or light yellowish brown.
- n. A sturdy cloth of this color.
- n. A uniform made of this cloth.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Dustcolored or claycolored: adopted from Hindu use.
- n. A kind of light drab or chocolate-colored cloth used for the uniforms of some East Indian regiments.
- Made of the cloth known as khaki (without direct reference to color).
- n. A soldier clad in khaki.
- n. The cause and the policy represented by the khaki-clad military forces operating in South Africa in 1899–1902, and support of the British government in its war policy at that time: as, to vote khaki, that is, to support the government and its measures in carrying on the Boer war.
- n. The bonds issued by the British government in raising money to continue the Boer war.
- n. A dull, yellowish-brown colour, the colour of dust.
- n. Khaki green, a dull green colour.
- n. A strong cloth of wool or cotton, often used for military or other uniforms.
- n. South Africa, slang A British person (from the colour of the uniform of British troops).
- adj. Dust-coloured; of the colour of dust.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of a dull brownish yellow, or drab color; -- applied to cloth, originally to a stout brownish cotton cloth, used in making uniforms in the Anglo-Indian army.
- n. Any kind of khaki cloth; hence, a uniform of khaki or, rarely, a soldier clad in khaki. In the United States and British armies khaki or cloth of a very similar color is almost exclusively used for service in the field.
- adj. of a yellowish brown color
- n. a sturdy twilled cloth of a yellowish brown color used especially for military uniforms
- From Hindi ख़ाकी / خاکی (xākī), from Persian خاکی (xâki, "dusty, earthy, earth-colored") (Wiktionary)
- Urdu khākī, dusty, from Persian, from khāk, dust, from Middle Persian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Linen no mater what color even "khaki" is limited to late spring - Easter through the summer and should probably not be seen after mid September.”
“More accurately, the correct shade of "khaki" is the color of "Multani Mitti", meaning "the mud of Multan".”
“The word "khaki," derived from the Hindi word for dust, traditionally refers to a specific color -- a shade of tan or beige -- and the term was used as far back as the 1840s to refer to the cotton twill uniforms worn by British colonial forces in India.”
“The assailants, dressed in khaki pants and armed with AK-47 assault rifles, grenades and suicide vests, parked a gray Dodge sport-utility vehicle near the rear of the church.”
“At first I didn't like it but when you see all the kids waiting for the bus in khaki's and polo shirts it's pretty impressive.”
“He was being passed by a youngish woman in khaki slacks and white running shoes and a yellow baseball hat tipped rakishly forward on her head, as if her hair were too bulky, too springy, to fit into it.”
“Ciara and Rihanna both picked out the Isadora Deluxe bag in khaki and Rihanna said she not only loved the color, but that the bag was really beautiful as well.”
“Scene opens on a suburban woman in khaki shorts and a summer hat, the sun hitting her muddy calves, making them sparkle as she walks through a manicured backyard: I have done it again.”
“Here at the coast, you see plenty of folks, locals, expats and tourists alike in khaki shorts, print shirts, carrying water bottles, wearing straw hats with Puerto Vallarta on the band, and wearing local and other T-shirts.”
“Among thousands of soldiers and police from every imaginable government agency, I twice saw groups of heavily armed men in khaki fatigues wearing T-shirts that read "Blackwater.”
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