AskDefine | Define calico

Dictionary Definition

calico adj
1 made of calico or resembling calico in being patterned; "calico dresses"; "a calico cat"
2 having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly; "a jester dressed in motley"; "the painted desert"; "a particolored dress"; "a piebald horse"; "pied daisies" [syn: motley, multicolor, multicolour, multicolored, multicoloured, painted, particolored, particoloured, piebald, pied, varicolored, varicoloured] n : coarse cloth with a bright print [also: calicoes (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Calicut, in India, from where the cloth was originally exported.


  1. Having a pattern of red and contrasting areas, resembling the color of calico cloth.
    The calico cat had distinctive red and dark markings.
    The calico patterned tableclothes were supposed to make the restaurant look rustic, instead they made it look run down.



  1. A kind of rough cloth, often printed with a bright pattern.

Extensive Definition

Calico may refer to:



  • Calico cat, Calico or Tortoiseshell is a common coloration for domestic cats



  • Calico Cooper (born 1981), American actress and the daughter of rock and roll musician Alice Cooper
  • Calico Jack Rackham (died 1720), English pirate captain in the early 18th century
  • Tyrone Calico (born 1980), American football wide receiver


calico in German: Calico
calico in Dutch: Calico
calico in Polish: Calico
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