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combi

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noun com·bi \ˈkäm-bē\

Definition of combi

plural

combis

  1. 1 :  a device or vehicle having two or more functions or capabilities <Combis haul between 30 and 35 tons of cargo, along with 275 passengers … — Jeffrey Leib, The Denver Post, 27 Dec. 1998> <Monday, he polishes the collection of copper-bottomed pots and cleans the “combi”—a multi-tiered stand-alone convection and steam oven in which bread is baked. — Domenica Marchetti, The Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2014> —often used before another noun <She roasts the pork in a combi oven, which blasts waves of heat, first moist then dry. — Kim Severson, The New York Times, 3 Feb. 2010>

  2. 2 :  a skiing competition combining two events :  combined <Known as the super combi, it is composed of one downhill run, usually held in the morning, followed by an afternoon slalom run. — Kelley McMillan, The New York Times, 4 Feb. 2012>



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Origin and Etymology of combi

short for 1combination (probably after German Kombi, short for Kombinationskraftwagen “motor vehicle able to carry both cargo and passengers,” applied especially to models of the Volkswagen Type 2 van first manufactured in 1950)


First Known Use: 1956


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