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 yellow or buff color.
  5. Also called Nankeen porcelain, Nanking china, Nanking ware. a type of Chinese porcelain having blue ornament on a white ground.


  1. a hard-wearing buff-coloured cotton fabric
    1. a pale greyish-yellow colour
    2. (as adjective)a nankeen carpet

n.kind of cotton cloth, 1755, from Nanking, China, where it originally was made.

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