da·​shi·​ki | \ də-ˈshē-kē How to pronounce dashiki (audio) , dä-, da- \
variants: or less commonly \ dī-​ How to pronounce daishiki (audio) \

Definition of dashiki

: a usually brightly colored loose-fitting pullover garment

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Examples of dashiki in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thelma stood on the riverbank in a purple dashiki, beaming. USA Today, "The founding family you’ve never heard of: The black Tuckers of Hampton, Virginia," 22 Aug. 2019 In an earlier photo that prosecutors sought to present in court, Cooper wore a dashiki and his hair in an Afro. latimes.com, "'They framed me': On death row for decades, Kevin Cooper pushes for new DNA tests in Chino Hills murders," 8 July 2018 Many fans were thrilled to see actors embrace traditional African clothing — from Daniel Kaluuya in a kanzu (a traditional dress in Uganda) to David Oyelowo’s dashiki. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "The Black Panther Movie Premiere Made the Red Carpet Fun Again," 30 Jan. 2018 Beckeishas slip on the temporary camouflage of black culture like a loose-fitting, swap-meet dashiki. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The 5 Types of ‘Becky’," 29 Aug. 2017 Sulu, gho, kera, kalpak, dishdasha and dashiki sound more like crossword puzzlers than words in common parlance. Guy Trebay, New York Times, "Spotted in Rio: Gisele Bündchen, Bermuda Shorts, and Michael Phelps as a Lightning Bug," 6 Aug. 2016 On Twitter, people are calling it a cape, but on NBA TV, Isiah Thomas called it a dashiki. Alysha Tsuji, USA TODAY, "John Wall rocked amazing camouflage ‘cape’," 26 Apr. 2017 Hodges wore a dashiki and delivered a handwritten letter to President George H. W. Bush about racial and economic inequality. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Political Athlete: Then and Now," 22 Mar. 2017 The Epic,’’ too, suggests an early ’70s LP: a picture of Washington in a black dashiki against an interstellar backdrop, saxophone in hand. Adam Shatz, New York Times, "Kamasi Washington’s Giant Step," 21 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of dashiki

circa 1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dashiki

modification of Yoruba dàńṣíkí

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“Dashiki.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dashiki. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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