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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 ?
The old man said he knew the Gulf of Nankin very well; but smiling, asked us what we would do there?
Well," said I, "Seignior Portuguese, but that is not our business now; the great question is, if you can carry us up to the city of Nankin, from whence we can travel to Pekin afterwards?
I presently saw there was no help for it but to tell him the plain truth, and explain all the danger and trouble we had suffered through this misadventure, and, in particular, our earnest wish to be speedily quit of the ship altogether; for which reason we had resolved to carry her up to Nankin.
The old man was amazed at this relation, and told us we were in the right to go away to the north; and that, if he might advise us, it should be to sell the ship in China, which we might well do, and buy, or build another in the country; adding that I should meet with customers enough for the ship at Nankin, that a Chinese junk would serve me very well to go back again, and that he would procure me people both to buy one and sell the other.
Hong Kong is an island which came into the possession of the English by the Treaty of Nankin, after the war of 1842; and the colonising genius of the English has created upon it an important city and an excellent port.
I see some cups and saucers of Chinese make, equally strangers to me personally: I put my finger on them, then and there, and I say "Pekin, Nankin, and Canton.
They made a pretty picture in the western light which brought out the brightness of the apples on the old scant-leaved boughs--Mary in her lavender gingham and black ribbons holding a basket, while Letty in her well-worn nankin picked up the fallen apples.
The Livestock Conservancy has breeds of heritage chickens on a Watch list, and lists the following heritage breeds as Critical: Campine, Crevecoeur, Holland, La Fleche, Malay, Modern Game, Nankin, Redcap, Spanish, Sultan, Yokohama.
Our local wetlands including the Nankin, will be targeted due the risk of erosion and sediment run off affecting water quality to the Reef.
L'ancien technicien du Real Madrid et de l'Angleterre, 70 ans, va "apporter certaines des idees et des methodes les plus avancees pour conduire la progression du football dans le Jiangsu et en Chine", a indique le club de la ville de Nankin.
En 1843, le territoire de Hong Kong est cede au Royaume-Uni dans le cadre du Traite de Nankin (1).