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Khaki is a common material in military uniforms
Khaki is a common material in military uniforms

Khaki is a type of fabric or the colour of such fabric. Traditionally pronounced IPA: ['kʰaki], it is today more often called ['kʰɑkʰi] in Britain, ['kʰækʰi] in the USA. The name comes from the Hindi-Urdu word khak (dust/ashes) (the Urdu language derived this word from Persian) which came to English from India, specifically via the British Indian Army. Khaki means earth-coloured or dust coloured, referring to the colour of uniforms introduced by the army regiments in the 1880s. More accurately, the correct shade of "Khaki" is the colour of "Multani Mitti", meaning "the mud of Multan". Multan was a well known military cantonment of British India (now in Pakistan). Image File history File links Gnome-globe. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 527 pixelsFull resolution (1470 × 969 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 527 pixelsFull resolution (1470 × 969 pixel, file size: 1. ... Sunday textile market on the sidewalks of Karachi, Pakistan. ... Color is an important part of the visual arts. ... Articles with similar titles include the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... Hindi (Devanagari: or , IAST: , IPA: ), an Indo-European language spoken mainly in northern and central India, is one of the official languages of the Union government of India. ... (, historically spelled Ordu), is an Indo-European language within the Indic branch of the Indo-Iranian subfamily. ... Persian (Local names: فارسی Fârsi or پارسی Pârsi)* is an Indo-European language spoken in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan as well as by minorities in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, India, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Southern Russia, neighboring countries, and elsewhere. ... A group of native Indian muslim soldiers posing for volley firing orders. ... It has been suggested that Hindu temples in Multan be merged into this article or section. ... British India (otherwise known as The British Raj) was a historical period during which most of the Indian subcontinent, or present-day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar, were under the colonial authority of the British Empire (Undivided India). ...


In 1846 Sir Harry Lumsden raised a corps of Guides for frontier service from Indian recruits at Peshawar. These were clothed in loose fitting clothing dyed a drab colour. During the Indian Mutiny of 1857 a number of British regiments followed this example by dying their white summer uniforms khaki. Khaki then ceased to be used in India (except by the Guides) until the Second Afghan War when both khaki and red clothing was worn. The practical advantages of khaki were now well established and by 1880 most British regiments serving in India had adopted properly dyed khaki uniforms for active service and summer dress. The original khaki fabric was a closely twilled cloth of linen or cotton. The British army used khaki in the Second Boer War (1899-1902) and adopted a darker shade of khaki serge for home service dress in 1902. Sir Harry Burnett Lumsden (November 12, 1821 - August 12, 1896) was a British military officer active in India. ... Peshāwar (Pashto: پښور; Urdu: پشاور) literally means City on the Frontier in Persian and is known as Pakhawar in Pashto. ... ... Torn linen cloth, recovered from the Dead Sea Linen is a material made from the fibers of the flax plant. ... Cotton ready for harvest. ... Combatants United Kingdom Australia New Zealand Canada Cape Colony Orange Free State South African Republic Royal Dutch Navy (Evacuation of Paul Kruger only) Commanders Redvers Buller Herbert Kitchener Frederick Roberts Martinus Steyn Christiaan de Wet Paul Kruger Louis Botha Koos de la Rey Casualties 5000 - 6000 Battlefield casualties, 15,000...


The United States Army adopted khaki during the Spanish American War (1898). It has become de rigueur for military uniforms of militaries the world over (e.g. the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps), as well as the police forces of many U.S. states and counties, and South Asian countries. It has also spread to civilian clothing, where "khakis" since the 1950s has meant tan cotton twill pants/trousers. Today, civilian khakis come in all ranges of colours, and the term seems to refer more to the particular design or cut of the pants/trousers. The United States Army is one of the armed forces of the United States and has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... The Spanish-American War took place in 1898, and resulted in the United States of America gaining control over the former colonies of Spain in the Caribbean and Pacific. ... Portrait: Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in military dress uniform, with medals. ... The United States Navy, also known as the USN or the U.S. Navy, is a branch of the United States armed forces responsible for conducting naval operations. ... The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties/Parishes/Boroughs, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      A U.S. state is any one of the fifty subnational entities of... In times of armed conflict a civilian is any person who is not a combatant. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Look up Pants in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Pants. ... Look up Pants in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Pants. ...


"Khaki" has also become a common slang term in the United States Navy that refers to chief petty officers and officers (who wear a khaki-colored uniform, also referred to as "khakis"). Chief Petty Officer is a non-commissioned officer or equivalent in many navies. ... In military organizations, a commissioned officer is a member of the service who derives authority directly from a sovereign power, and as such holds a commission from that power. ... A uniform is a set of standard clothing worn by members of an organisation whilst participating in that organisations activity. ...


Khakis have also become popular as business casual pants/trousers. Business casual, sometimes called smart casual, is a potentially confusing dress code, due to its oxymoronic construction. ... Look up Pants in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Pants. ...


See also

The color khaki comes from the Persian word khak meaning dust, and khaki meaning dusty, dust covered or earth colored. ... Cargo pants are much like regular khaki pants, but are baggier and have several additional cargo pockets. ...

External links

  • What is khaki? - The story of the catechu's use as a dye for khaki clothing.
  • kamouflage.net > introduction: a very brief overview of the development of camouflage uniforms

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Khaki - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (403 words)
Khaki, in British or European parlance, is a type of light brown fabric with a green tinge, or the color of such fabric.
Khaki was derived from the Hindi/Hindustani loan word meaning earth-colored or dust colored, referring to the colour of uniforms introduced by the army regiments in the 1880s.
"Khaki" has also become a common slang term in the United States Navy that refers to chief petty officers and officers (who wear a khaki-colored uniform, also referred to as "khakis".) The word 'khak' is also the origin of a mild expletive ('cack') meaning excrement.
Cotton: The Fabric of Our Lives - Khaki Lifestyle - October 28, 2006 (275 words)
Khaki literally means "dust" or "dust colored" in the Urdu or Hindi language.
Khaki has since come to mean more than just a color or a fabric made in that color.
Khaki vs. Chino: Chino is most commonly defined as a type of cotton twill fabric rather than a color.
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