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 (năn-kēn′) also nan·kin (-kēn′, -kĭn′)
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.]


(næŋˈkiːn) or


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]



also nan-kin


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"


n, no pl (= cloth)Nanking(-stoff) m
References in classic literature ?
Here they would sell their furs, take in teas, nankeens, and other merchandise, and return to Boston, after an absence of two or three years.
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.
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.
Noel Vanstone slowly walked by, as she looked, dressed in a complete suit of old-fashioned nankeen.
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.
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.
Out a-washing," said the boy, beginning to walk up and down again and taking the nankeen bonnet much too near the bedstead by trying to gaze at us at the same time.