January 20, 2012
khaki (noun)
\KAK-ee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a light yellowish brown cloth often used for military uniforms2 : a light yellowish brown
How do you use it?
Dara staggered gasping to the top of the hill, the khaki of her hiking shorts splattered with mud, amazed that she had made the climb.
Are you a word wiz?

Why do you think the kind of cloth we call "khaki" got its name?

In the Hindi language spoken in India, the word "khaki" means "dust-colored." (The Hindi term developed from the Persian name for "dust.") Hindi speakers also used "khaki" for a strong, yellowish-brown cloth that was similar in color to the dust that swirled through parts of their country. When the British came to India, they learned that the cloth made good military uniforms, and they carried it and its Hindi name to English speakers around the world.
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