Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A light olive brown to moderate or light yellowish brown.
  • noun A sturdy cloth of this color.
  • noun A uniform made of this cloth.
  • noun Pants made of a twilled cotton fabric of this color or another solid color.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Dustcolored or claycolored: adopted from Hindu use.
  • noun 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).
  • noun A soldier clad in khaki.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The bonds issued by the British government in raising money to continue the Boer war.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • adjective 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A dull, yellowish-brown colour, the colour of dust.
  • noun Khaki green, a dull green colour.
  • noun A strong cloth of wool or cotton, often used for military or other uniforms.
  • noun South Africa, slang A British person (from the colour of the uniform of British troops).
  • adjective Dust-coloured; of the colour of dust.

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

  • adjective of a yellowish brown color
  • noun 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")

Examples

  • More accurately, the correct shade of "khaki" is the color of "Multani Mitti", meaning "the mud of Multan".

    I get email... Reader Tim challenges me with "Khaki" - dfi

  • 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.

    I get email... Reader Tim challenges me with "Khaki" - dfi

  • 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.

    Memphis Commercial Appeal Stories

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    The Apparition

  • 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.

    The Apparition

  • 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.

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  • 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.

    The Apparition

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