com·​bi | \ ˈkäm-bē How to pronounce combi (audio) \
plural combis

Definition of combi

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 nounShe 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 : 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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First Known Use of combi

1956, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for combi

short for combination entry 1 (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)

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“Combi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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