from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sturdy yellow or buff cotton cloth.
- n. Trousers made of this cloth.
- n. A Chinese porcelain with a blue-and-white pattern.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a type of cotton cloth originally from Nanking in China.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A species of cloth, of a firm texture, originally brought from China, made of a species of cotton (Gossypium religiosum) that is naturally of a brownish yellow color quite indestructible and permanent.
- n. An imitation of this cloth by artificial coloring.
- n. Trousers made of nankeen.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sort of cotton cloth, usually of a yellow color, made at Nanking in China.
- n. plural Trousers or breeches made of this material.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a durable fabric formerly loomed by hand in China from natural cotton having a yellowish color
– a little old man in nankeen trousers and vest, a long blue coat and ruffled shirt, leaning on his cane, for he was lame, and smiling and bowing like a true Frenchman.
Scott proceeded to review the standard list of cruel stereotypes and to repeat the derogatory poem that had earlier riled Williams: “Mandarins with yellow buttons, handing you conserves of snails;/Smart young men about Canton in nankeen tights and peacock’s tails.”
The range of colors that could be indicated by the name nankeen overlapped with yellow colors that bore different names, suggesting, despite its origins, that nankeen was the name of greatest value to merchants rather than to manufacturers.
Director, 'of immense wealth, in a waistcoat apparently constructed in serviceable deal by some plain carpenter, but really engendered in the tailor's art, and composed of the material called nankeen, arrived and was received by Mr Dombey alone.
A very short examination of Ellen's patterns ended in favour of the gray merino; and Ellen was commissioned, not only to get and pay for this, but also to choose a dark dress of the same stuff, and enough of a certain article called nankeen for a coat; Mrs. Montgomery truly opining that the old gentleman's care would do more than see her scathless that it would have some regard to the justness and prudence of her purchases.
A coarse-looking black or blue blouse, of that material known to us as "nankeen," a tiny apron confined to the waist by a slender scarlet cord -- their only bit of bright color -- short wide trousers, almost as broad at the bottoms as they are long, bare legs and feet -- such is a vision of the Chinese woman of the working classes.
The material must be soaked in a solution of tin crystals before dipping, if a pure orange is desired, as without this the color will be a pink buff -- or "nankeen" color.
Director,’ of immense wealth, in a waistcoat apparently constructed in serviceable deal by some plain carpenter, but really engendered in the tailor’s art, and composed of the material called nankeen, arrived and was received by Mr Dombey alone.
He was very gay, but one felt the force of government in him; there was dictation in his joviality; his principal ornament was a pair of trousers of elephant-leg pattern of nankeen, with straps of braided copper wire; he carried a stout rattan worth two hundred francs in his hand, and, as he treated himself to everything, a strange thing called a cigar in his mouth.
Originally a natural yellow-brown cotton cloth native to China, nankeen, as eighteenth - and nineteenth-century references to it suggest, was a fashionable color created in the dyehouse.