January 20, 2017
- khaki (noun)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : a light yellowish brown2 : a light yellowish brown cloth often used for military uniforms3 plural : pants made of khaki
- How do you use it?
- Unsure of how dressed up to get for the dinner, Ben wore a sports jacket and a pair of khakis, and kept a tie handy in his pocket just in case.
- 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.