[k_ˈa_l_ɪ_k_ˌəʊ], [kˈalɪkˌə͡ʊ], [kˈalɪkˌə‍ʊ]

Definitions of calico:

  1.   Cotton cloth first brought from Calicut in the East Indies. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2.   Light cotton cloth, printed in colors. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   White or printed cotton cloth. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   Unprinted cotton cloth. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5.   Cotton cloth, so called as originally from Calicut; a printed calico. Calico- printing, the art of printing figured patterns on calico. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for calico:

  1. “ I rather think it would surprise the Calico Clown." ” – The Story of a Bold Tin Soldier by Laura Lee Hope
  2. “ I took the child in my arms- it had been snatched out of its warm bed, poor thing, and had nothing on but a calico night gown. ” – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat
  3. These I carefully examined and returned to the envoys, who wrapped them neatly in a piece of calico as great treasures. ” – Ismailia by Samuel W. Baker
  4. They have lots of fun in the snow, and they take out the Calico Clown and the Bold Tin Soldier, too. ” – The Story of a Nodding Donkey by Laura Lee Hope
  5. “ Pupasse's voluminous calico skirt would be gathered up by the hem and tied up over her head! ” – Balcony Stories by Grace E. King
  6. The two or three little garments of coarse calico it contained had been washed and rough- dried. ” – The Pioneers by Katharine Susannah Prichard
  7. The princess, looking less dainty than when he first saw her, because of a coarse calico frock which the careful Mrs. Weber had put on, in the place of her more expensive garments, leaned forward in the old lady's arms, stretching out both tiny hands to Joe, as she twittered and chirped, after her own peculiar manner, what was evidently a greeting to the boy who had acted a guardian's part to the best of his ability. ” – The Princess and Joe Potter by James Otis
  8. She was clothed in a prim, blue, calico gown, with a short waist, high neck, tight sleeves, and a skirt all the way down to her feet, which were shod in coarse leather shoes over home- knit, gray stockings. ” – Her Mother's Secret by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  9. When Dora had arrayed herself in the calico dress with pink flowers, she stood for a moment before the large mirror in Miriam's room. ” – The Girl at Cobhurst by Frank Richard Stockton
  10. So Parliament passed a law placing a five- pound fine on any of the British who wore things made of colored calico – Carl and the Cotton Gin by Sara Ware Bassett