Meaning of khaki in English:


Pronunciation /?kɑ?ki/

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mass noun
  • 1A strong cotton or wool fabric of a dull brownish-yellow colour, used especially in military clothing.

    ‘he was dressed from head to toe in khaki’
    • ‘a regulation-issue khaki overall’
    • ‘The jacket is manufactured from wool and has khaki cloth patches on the elbows.’
    • ‘This mixture gave them the appearance of being in khaki and dark police uniform.’
    • ‘The temperament of men in khaki differs dramatically from state to state.’
    • ‘Only men in khaki - posted at the intersections on the route - are there to suggest that all is not well.’
    • ‘No longer in khaki uniform, he is now working from home, in an effort to appear impartial.’
    • ‘Men in khaki did not complain about the scorching sun or the mirthful crowd.’
    • ‘Smartly turned out in khaki uniform, the women kept pace with their male counterparts.’
    • ‘Day in and day out the men in khaki lay down their lives for the call of duty.’
    • ‘For a while, in those early days, Bolton seemed like a garrison town, the streets full of men in khaki.’
    • ‘Much to the amusement of the car driver, the man in khaki fished out a couple of hundred rupee notes towards compensation.’
    • ‘Due to a shortage of police uniforms, they wore a mixture of military khaki and dark police green.’
    • ‘They always used to issue us with khaki overalls and leather gloves.’
    • ‘We had khaki overalls but when we finished our shift, we were covered from head to toe in white dust.’
    • ‘His all-time favourite was a little World War One khaki cloth package containing picture postcards.’
    • ‘He was hooked nonetheless, and the cloth was abandoned for khaki.’
    • ‘Jack charged into St Andrew's House at 7am wearing a khaki jacket and a military hard-hat.’
    • ‘His was in drab khaki, like that supplied to the military.’
    • ‘The bauxite in the soil gives the ground a distinct red colour and you cannot avoid covering your khaki boots in the red dust.’
    • ‘They walked into town wearing khaki uniforms, each had a bold colour patch on his back to identify his status.’
    • ‘He slid the handgun into the waistband of his khaki pants and he turned and walked once more across the room to an elevator.’
    greyish brown, brownish, dun-coloured, mud-coloured, mouse-coloured, mousy, muddy, khaki, umber
    1. 1.1khakisTrousers or other clothing made of khaki.
      ‘he pulled on his khakis’
      • ‘I normally wear them to the gym but I also put them on with jeans, khakis, or cargos for a casual weekend look.’
      • ‘He was casually dressed in a blue sweater over a dress shirt and khakis.’
      • ‘They're considered a tad dressier than khakis or jeans, but remember that they are not formal in any way.’
      • ‘They look great with khakis, jeans or even dressier pants for dinner or dancing.’
      • ‘It was wonderfully sunny earlier and many people were tempted outside in khakis and cropped trousers.’
      • ‘We went up to my room, and I changed into a polo shirt and khakis.’
      • ‘From the back, he looked normal enough with a polo shirt, khakis, and a wedding ring.’
      • ‘I could tell by looking at him that he also had muscles under his tee shirt and khakis.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Branson never wears a suit and tie; he prefers old jeans or khakis with sports shirts.’
      • ‘Your new cardigan can be worn over a T-shirt with jeans, corduroy pants or khakis.’
      • ‘It's definitely acceptable to wear loafers without socks when wearing khakis.’
      • ‘I was surprised to see a young man, wearing khakis and a white polo shirt, standing there smiling at me.’
      • ‘It is also important to have several pairs of khakis, in black, brown, dark blue and beige.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Every woman loves a man in his khakis and every man will love how easy these are to match.’
      • ‘He prefers wearing khakis and sweaters to wearing pinstripes and suspenders.’
      khakis, camouflage clothing, camouflage gear
  • 2A dull greenish or brownish-yellow colour.

    as modifier ‘a pair of khaki Bermuda shorts’
    • ‘Some ladies however prefer to go neutral in warm beige, sand and khaki combinations.’
    • ‘Emily was wearing a pair of khaki short shorts and a bright red tank top.’
    • ‘Mitch looked pretty good with his hair gelled up, and a black button up shirt, and a pair of cut off khaki shorts.’
    • ‘He took in her appearance: a black tank top with a pair of khaki shorts smeared with grass stains.’
    • ‘She headed to the bathroom and changed into a pair of khaki shorts and a light orange t-shirt.’
    • ‘She pulled out a pair of khaki shorts and a old summer camp T-shirt over her head.’
    • ‘He was wearing a pair of khaki shorts, with a polo shirt and sandals, but he still looked good to her.’
    • ‘In a quick decision, she chose a pair of khaki cargo shorts and a plain black t-shirt.’
    • ‘I had put on my simple blue bikini and covered the bottoms with a pair of short khaki shorts.’
    • ‘She had decided on a pale pink shirt with white writing on it, and a pair of khaki shorts.’
    • ‘Today Jim came in wearing his traditional red t-shirt and a pair of calf length khaki shorts.’
    • ‘This collection has a pretty spring colour palette: white, khaki, pale blue, pink.’
    • ‘He wore a sleeveless pale green shirt and a pair of khaki colored pants.’
    • ‘He had his right hand shoved in the pocket of his khaki shorts and was wearing only one white sock, on his right foot.’
    • ‘I was wearing my long strawberry dress and Benny was wearing his khaki shorts and a blue polo shirt.’
    • ‘He was wearing a hot pink polo shirt, khaki shorts, and his legs were white as a ghost.’
    • ‘The boys looked smart in their uniforms of white shorts, khaki trousers and red sashes.’
    • ‘He wore his usual khaki shorts and a checkered red shirt while in the car.’
    • ‘A woman stood there dressed in a pale blouse and khaki pants, gray hair rolled into a tight bun upon her head.’
    • ‘He was slight with sandy blond hair, wearing a pale blue shirt and khaki slacks.’


Mid 19th century from Urdu khākī ‘dust-coloured’, from khāk ‘dust’, from Persian.