Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. A British person (from the colour of the uniform of British troops).
  • adj. Dust-coloured; of the colour of dust.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of a yellowish brown color
  • n. a sturdy twilled cloth of a yellowish brown color used especially for military uniforms

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Urdu khākī, dusty, from Persian, from khāk, dust, from Middle Persian.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Hindi ख़ाकी / خاکی (xākī), from Persian خاکی (xâki, "dusty, earthy, earth-colored")

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