from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A coarse twilled cotton fabric used for uniforms and sometimes work or sports clothes.
  • noun Pants made of a coarse twilled cotton.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a coarse, tough, twilled cotton fabric used for uniforms or sports clothes.

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  • noun A coarse cotton fabric commonly used to make trousers and uniforms.

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  • noun a coarse twilled cotton fabric frequently used for uniforms
  • noun trousers made with chino cloth


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[American Spanish, mestizo, yellowish (from its original tan color), probably from Spanish chino, Chinese, from China, China.]

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American Spanish


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  • The word "chino" can refer more widely to the durable twill fabric.

    Memphis Commercial Appeal Stories 2010

  • She says working in D.F. has been significantly impacting on her practice: "On my first visit to Mexico City two years ago, I was blown away by how differently my body circulated here, how the very arrival of my brown skin and 'chino' hair could itself become a performance art event.

    Intersections 2009

  • I'm partial to a chino trouser, and own several near-identical pairs.

    Rick Edwards: two legs good 2012

  • That caveat being - they must in fact be khaki, and not cotton poplin or chino, they must be dark beige and a heavier weight than simply cotton pants.

    I get email... Reader Tim challenges me with "Khaki" - dfi 2009

  • Wednesday With all variations of chino/twill done, I select some cords.

    Rick Edwards: two legs good 2012

  • Liverpool like Fernando Torres and also the non-embarrassing type of Americans, Americans with an air of chino-sporting Massachusetts aristocracy who.

    Wayne Rooney, Americans and the terrible burden of ambition Barney Ronay 2010

  • Brunello Cucinelli's Move Then he put his assets to work producing more products for his top-drawer Brunello Cucinelli line, which sells products from mink jackets to chino shorts.

    D&G Will Die; Long Live Dolce & Gabbana Christina Binkley 2011

  • We strive to provide a high-low in the core things that we do, like a chino.

    Giving Classics a Fresh Look at J. Crew Elizabeth Holmes 2011

  • Even if it's a simple chino or pant from the High Street.

    Francisco Costa's Modern Aesthetic Tina Gaudoin 2011

  • In addition to already popular quick dry inner products, the company has been supplementing its lineup of polo shirts and chino slacks in anticipation of strong demand associated with the government-led "Super Cool Biz" campaign.

    Uniqlo Says Rebound Will Come Hiroyuki Kachi 2011


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  • "And you send your dark messengers to tempt me.

    I come from Chino so all your threats are empty"

    February 20, 2007

  • "I wear chinos so all your... uh... Well, I only wear them because I can't wear jeans to work every day."

    That's decidedly less lyrical.

    February 21, 2007

  • also means curls or curly, as in tiene el pelo chino (he/she has curly hair)

    but it only has this definition in Mexico

    April 16, 2009