ki·​mo·​no | \kə-ˈmō-(ˌ)nō, -nə\
plural kimonos

Definition of kimono 

1 : a long robe with wide sleeves traditionally worn with a broad sash as an outer garment by the Japanese

2 : a loose dressing gown or jacket

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Other Words from kimono

kimonoed \ kə-​ˈmō-​(ˌ)nōd , -​nəd \ adjective

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Katy Perry has been called out for wearing cornrows, kimonos, and grills. Tynan Sinks, Teen Vogue, "How Pop Stars Change Their Looks to Signify Reinvention," 25 Apr. 2018 The dress featured a black bodice with a high neckline and a full skirt made from obi, the sash typically worn with a traditional Japanese kimono, Moreno told E! on the red carpet on Sunday evening. Lynsey Eidell, Glamour, "Rita Moreno Re-Wore Her 1962 Academy Awards Dress to the 2018 Oscars Red Carpet," 4 Mar. 2018 On opening day of the races, the stylish royal stepped out in a white, kimono-style dress by Osman. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Arrives at Royal Ascot Ladies' Day in a High-Neck Floral Dress," 21 June 2018 Because Sanada’s Musashi is meant to be a double for Rodrigo Santoro’s Hector, the ronin’s kimono was lined with culturally inappropriate black leather in order to mimic the Western gunslinger’s costume. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Westworld’s Secret Weapon Teases the Show’s Gay Future," 20 May 2018 Propaganda kimonos were worn among intimate friends and family, their images draped close to the heart. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Dressed to kill: War propaganda kimonos on view at the de Young," 11 May 2018 But compared with the turbans, kimonos, fishnet masks, leather harnesses and bouffant wigs he's paraded on red carpets, today's threads are subdued. Amy Nicholson,, "Is Hollywood ready for the brilliant weirdness of Lakeith Stanfield?," 3 July 2018 At the center of the show is a large glass case displaying 10 Japanese kimonos, recent gifts of collector Erik Jacobsen, each decorated with images ingeniously incorporating military and nationalistic themes. Charles Desmarais, San Francisco Chronicle, "Dressed to kill: War propaganda kimonos on view at the de Young," 11 May 2018 Image The details were hazy in my mind until a few weeks ago, when a woman sheathed in a kimono carried a pot of it to my table at Restaurant Nippon on East 52nd Street. New York Times, "The Restaurant That Became Japan’s Unofficial Ambassador," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of kimono

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for kimono

Japanese, clothes, from ki wearing + mono thing

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The first known use of kimono was in 1886

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English Language Learners Definition of kimono

: a loose piece of clothing with wide sleeves that is traditionally worn on formal occasions in Japan


ki·​mo·​no | \kə-ˈmō-nō \
plural kimonos

Kids Definition of kimono

1 : a loose robe with wide sleeves that is traditionally worn with a broad sash as an outer garment by a Japanese person

2 : a loose dressing gown worn chiefly by women

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