noun Etymology: Nanking (Nanjing), China Date: 1755 1. a durable brownish yellow cotton fabric originally loomed by hand in China 2. plural trousers made of nankeen

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  • Nankeen — Nankeen, also called Nankeen cloth, is a kind of pale yellowish cloth, originally made at Nanjing from a yellow variety of cotton, but subsequently manufactured from ordinary cotton which is then dyed. Also in the plural a piece or variety of… …   Wikipedia

  • Nankeen — Nan*keen , n. [So called from its being originally manufactured at Nankin (Nanjing), in China.] [Written also {nankin}.] 1. A species of cloth, of a firm texture, originally brought from China, made of a species of cotton ({Gossypium religiosum}) …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nankeen — Nankeen, Baumwollgewebe in der Mandschurei, namentlich durch chinesische Handweberei erzeugt …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • nankeen — (n.) kind of cotton cloth, 1755, from NANKING (Cf. Nanking), China, where it originally was made …   Etymology dictionary

  • nankeen — or nankin [nan kēn′] n. [< NANKING, whence orig. imported] 1. a buff colored, durable cotton cloth, originally from China 2. [pl.] trousers made of this cloth …   English World dictionary

  • nankeen — /nan keen /, n. 1. a firm, durable, yellow or buff fabric, formerly made from a natural colored Chinese cotton. 2. a twilled material made from other cotton and dyed in imitation of this fabric. 3. nankeens, garments made of this material. 4. a… …   Universalium

  • nankeen — næn kɪːn n. sturdy cotton cloth originating in China; cloth resembling nankeen; clothing made from this material …   English contemporary dictionary

  • nankeen — [naŋ ki:n, nan ] noun a yellowish cotton cloth. ↘(nankeens) historical trousers made of nankeen. Origin C18: from the name of the city of Nanking in China, where it was first made …   English new terms dictionary

  • nankeen — n. 1 a yellowish cotton cloth. 2 a yellowish buff colour. 3 (in pl.) trousers of nankeen. Etymology: Nankin(g) in China, where orig. made …   Useful english dictionary

  • nankeen — noun a type of cotton cloth originally from Nanking in China …   Wiktionary

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