Definition of khaki in English:



  • 1A textile fabric of a dull brownish-yellow color, in particular a strong cotton fabric used in military clothing.

    • ‘No longer in khaki uniform, he is now working from home, in an effort to appear impartial.’
    • ‘The temperament of men in khaki differs dramatically from state to state.’
    • ‘The bauxite in the soil gives the ground a distinct red colour and you cannot avoid covering your khaki boots in the red dust.’
    • ‘We had khaki overalls but when we finished our shift, we were covered from head to toe in white dust.’
    • ‘Smartly turned out in khaki uniform, the women kept pace with their male counterparts.’
    • ‘Only men in khaki - posted at the intersections on the route - are there to suggest that all is not well.’
    • ‘Day in and day out the men in khaki lay down their lives for the call of duty.’
    • ‘Much to the amusement of the car driver, the man in khaki fished out a couple of hundred rupee notes towards compensation.’
    • ‘The jacket is manufactured from wool and has khaki cloth patches on the elbows.’
    • ‘Men in khaki did not complain about the scorching sun or the mirthful crowd.’
    • ‘This mixture gave them the appearance of being in khaki and dark police uniform.’
    • ‘Due to a shortage of police uniforms, they wore a mixture of military khaki and dark police green.’
    • ‘He slid the handgun into the waistband of his khaki pants and he turned and walked once more across the room to an elevator.’
    • ‘His was in drab khaki, like that supplied to the military.’
    • ‘He was hooked nonetheless, and the cloth was abandoned for khaki.’
    • ‘For a while, in those early days, Bolton seemed like a garrison town, the streets full of men in khaki.’
    • ‘Jack charged into St Andrew's House at 7am wearing a khaki jacket and a military hard-hat.’
    • ‘They walked into town wearing khaki uniforms, each had a bold colour patch on his back to identify his status.’
    • ‘They always used to issue us with khaki overalls and leather gloves.’
    • ‘His all-time favourite was a little World War One khaki cloth package containing picture postcards.’
    greyish-brown, brownish, dun-coloured, mud-coloured, mouse-coloured, mousy, muddy, khaki, umber
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    1. 1.1 A dull brownish-yellow color.
      as modifier ‘the pale khaki sand’
      • ‘He was wearing a pair of khaki shorts, with a polo shirt and sandals, but he still looked good to her.’
      • ‘He wore his usual khaki shorts and a checkered red shirt while in the car.’
      • ‘He wore a sleeveless pale green shirt and a pair of khaki colored pants.’
      • ‘I was wearing my long strawberry dress and Benny was wearing his khaki shorts and a blue polo shirt.’
      • ‘Emily was wearing a pair of khaki short shorts and a bright red tank top.’
      • ‘Some ladies however prefer to go neutral in warm beige, sand and khaki combinations.’
      • ‘She pulled out a pair of khaki shorts and a old summer camp T-shirt over her head.’
      • ‘Mitch looked pretty good with his hair gelled up, and a black button up shirt, and a pair of cut off khaki shorts.’
      • ‘A woman stood there dressed in a pale blouse and khaki pants, gray hair rolled into a tight bun upon her head.’
      • ‘He was wearing a hot pink polo shirt, khaki shorts, and his legs were white as a ghost.’
      • ‘This collection has a pretty spring colour palette: white, khaki, pale blue, pink.’
      • ‘The boys looked smart in their uniforms of white shorts, khaki trousers and red sashes.’
      • ‘He took in her appearance: a black tank top with a pair of khaki shorts smeared with grass stains.’
      • ‘In a quick decision, she chose a pair of khaki cargo shorts and a plain black t-shirt.’
      • ‘Today Jim came in wearing his traditional red t-shirt and a pair of calf length khaki shorts.’
      • ‘I had put on my simple blue bikini and covered the bottoms with a pair of short khaki shorts.’
      • ‘He was slight with sandy blond hair, wearing a pale blue shirt and khaki slacks.’
      • ‘She headed to the bathroom and changed into a pair of khaki shorts and a light orange t-shirt.’
      • ‘She had decided on a pale pink shirt with white writing on it, and a pair of khaki shorts.’
      • ‘He had his right hand shoved in the pocket of his khaki shorts and was wearing only one white sock, on his right foot.’
    2. 1.2khakis Clothing, especially pants, made of khaki.
      • ‘Your new cardigan can be worn over a T-shirt with jeans, corduroy pants or khakis.’
      • ‘I was surprised to see a young man, wearing khakis and a white polo shirt, standing there smiling at me.’
      • ‘The chairman wore his now trademark open-necked blue shirt, blue blazer and khakis.’
      • ‘She opened it to find Tyler on the doorstep, dressed in khakis and a yellow polo shirt.’
      • ‘We went up to my room, and I changed into a polo shirt and khakis.’
      • ‘He was casually dressed in a blue sweater over a dress shirt and khakis.’
      • ‘I would go with two pairs of tan khakis, you want to have an extra pair in case you spill something on one of them.’
      • ‘I could tell by looking at him that he also had muscles under his tee shirt and khakis.’
      • ‘They're considered a tad dressier than khakis or jeans, but remember that they are not formal in any way.’
      • ‘Branson never wears a suit and tie; he prefers old jeans or khakis with sports shirts.’
      • ‘He prefers wearing khakis and sweaters to wearing pinstripes and suspenders.’
      • ‘It is also important to have several pairs of khakis, in black, brown, dark blue and beige.’
      • ‘I normally wear them to the gym but I also put them on with jeans, khakis, or cargos for a casual weekend look.’
      • ‘They look great with khakis, jeans or even dressier pants for dinner or dancing.’
      • ‘He looked to be in his forties, dressed in a collared polo shirt and khakis.’
      • ‘You can dress it up with khakis and a dress shirt, or just toss it over some jeans and a hoodie.’
      • ‘From the back, he looked normal enough with a polo shirt, khakis, and a wedding ring.’
      • ‘It's definitely acceptable to wear loafers without socks when wearing khakis.’
      • ‘It was wonderfully sunny earlier and many people were tempted outside in khakis and cropped trousers.’
      • ‘Every woman loves a man in his khakis and every man will love how easy these are to match.’
      khakis, camouflage clothing, camouflage gear
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Mid 19th century: from Urdu khākī ‘dust-colored’, from khāk ‘dust’, from Persian.