Meaning of “calico” in the English Dictionary


"calico" in English

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caliconoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkæl.ɪ.kəʊ/ us /ˈkæl.ə.koʊ/

Examples from literature

  • I want to buy a yard of calico, said Bill. 
  • Nancy had admired that pink calico. 
  • She robbed the windows of their lawn and muslin curtains, replacing them with gaudy calico from the trade-store, and made herself several gowns. 
  • There was two old dirty calico dresses, and a sun-bonnet, and some women's underclothes hanging against the wall, and some men's clothing, too. 
  • When, at a given point, all the maid-servants rise, whirl round in their calico gowns and turn their demure backs to me as they kneel in a row, I know not whether to laugh or cry. 

(Definition of “calico” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"calico" in American English

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caliconoun [ U ]

us /ˈkæl·ɪˌkoʊ/

(Definition of “calico” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)