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nan·keen

 (năn-kēn′) also nan·kin (-kēn′, -kĭn′)
n.
1.
a. A sturdy yellow or buff cotton cloth.
b. nankeens Trousers made of this cloth.
2. Nankeen A Chinese porcelain with a blue-and-white pattern.

[After Nanjing.]

nankeen

(næŋˈkiːn) or

nankin

n
1. (Textiles) a hard-wearing buff-coloured cotton fabric
2. (Colours)
a. a pale greyish-yellow colour
b. (as adjective): a nankeen carpet.
[C18: named after Nanking, China, where it originated]

nan•keen

(ˈnænˈkin)

also nan-kin

(-ˈkɪn)

n.
1. a durable yellow or buff fabric, formerly made from Chinese cotton.
2. nankeens, garments made of this material.
(after Nankin Nanjing]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nankeen - a durable fabric formerly loomed by hand in China from natural cotton having a yellowish color
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
Translations

nankeen

n, no pl (= cloth)Nanking(-stoff) m
References in classic literature ?
Natalie held up the skirt of her nankeen dress, and exhibited the purple trimming torn away over an extent of some yards.
The day after that in which the scene we have just described had taken place on the road between Bellegarde and Beaucaire, a man of about thirty or two and thirty, dressed in a bright blue frock coat, nankeen trousers, and a white waistcoat, having the appearance and accent of an Englishman, presented himself before the mayor of Marseilles.
Young women old in the vices of the commonest and worst life, were expected to profess themselves enthralled by the good child's book, the Adventures of Little Margery, who resided in the village cottage by the mill; severely reproved and morally squashed the miller, when she was five and he was fifty; divided her porridge with singing birds; denied herself a new nankeen bonnet, on the ground that the turnips did not wear nankeen bonnets, neither did the sheep who ate them; who plaited straw and delivered the dreariest orations to all comers, at all sorts of unseasonable times.
His nether garment was a yellow nankeen, closely fitted to the shape, and tied at his bunches of knees by large knots of white ribbon, a good deal sullied by use.
Noel Vanstone slowly walked by, as she looked, dressed in a complete suit of old-fashioned nankeen.
The attire of this gentleman was composed of a many-folded white cravat, a close-buttoned blue dress-coat, and nankeen trousers with gaiters to match, ridiculous to the present generation.
Hammerdown said; "let the company examine it as a work of art--the attitude of the gallant animal quite according to natur'; the gentleman in a nankeen jacket, his gun in his hand, is going to the chase; in the distance a banyhann tree and a pagody, most likely resemblances of some interesting spot in our famous Eastern possessions.
In agreeable contrast, his brother, Maryland Joe, was attired in a thin fawn- colored summer overcoat, lightly worn open, so as to show the unstarched bosom of a white embroidered shirt, and a pair of nankeen trousers and pumps.
She has an extensive acquaintance at Bath among appalling old gentlemen with thin legs and nankeen trousers, and is of high standing in that dreary city.
I can't Arthur,' returned Flora, 'be denounced as heartless by the whole society of China without setting myself right when I have the opportunity of doing so, and you must be very well aware that there was Paul and Virginia which had to be returned and which was returned without note or comment, not that I mean to say you could have written to me watched as I was but if it had only come back with a red wafer on the cover I should have known that it meant Come to Pekin Nankeen and What's the third place, barefoot.
At this moment, there walked into the room: supporting himself by a thick stick: a stout old gentleman, rather lame in one leg, who was dressed in a blue coat, striped waistcoat, nankeen breeches and gaiters, and a broad-brimmed white hat, with the sides turned up with green.
If I was ever to be a lady, I'd give him a sky-blue coat with diamond buttons, nankeen trousers, a red velvet waistcoat, a cocked hat, a large gold watch, a silver pipe, and a box of money.