salwar kameez

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From Hindustani सलवार क़मीज़ (salvār qamīz) / سلوار قمیص (salvār qamīs), from Sindhi, from قمیص from Arabic


  • IPA(key): /ˈsʌlvɒː kəˈmiːs/


salwar kameez (plural salwar kameezes)

  1. An outfit worn in South Asian countries comprising colourful loose trousers and a long shirt for females and plain and simple for the males.
    • 2017 April 6, Samira Shackle, “On the frontline with Karachi’s ambulance drivers”, in the Guardian[1]:
      Kazmi has a persistent cough and frequently quotes Karl Marx. Despite the heat, he wears a woolly hat and a waistcoat over his salwar kameez.