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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There was more serene elegance at Ginza Motoji, famed for generations for their kimonos. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Makes the Most of His Trip to Tokyo for Valentino Pre-Fall—And Then Some," 2 Dec. 2018 Princess Ayako wore a yellow uchiki kimono with pink flowers and green leaves, a look similar to what her sister, Princess Noriko, wore at her wedding in 2014. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Japanese Princess Just Married a Commoner, and Gave Up Her Royal Status to Do So," 29 Oct. 2018 Immediately next door are the Tenryuji Temple Gardens, where women wearing kimonos pose, mobile phones held aloft, next to flourishing azalea bushes. Jo Rodgers, Vogue, "Cherry Blossoms and Beyond: Go on a Nature Meditation in Japan," 29 Apr. 2018 The costume costs $49.99 and includes hair sticks, a kimono, a skirt, and an obi — a sash often worn with traditional Japanese clothing. Mekita Rivas, Allure, "Fashion Nova's "Sexy" Geisha Costume Is Everything Not to Wear on Halloween This Year," 3 Oct. 2018 Wearable art from silk kimonos to Louis Vuitton is displayed at The Textile Culture and Ukiyo-e Art Museum – Amuse Museum, where textile exhibits constantly rotate, so each visit rewards you with new views of 1500 items at a time. The Seattle Times, "From ancient to post-modern: Get art smart in Tokyo," 22 Oct. 2018 What to Wear: Long flowy chiffon dresses, big hats and vintage glasses are my go to look with the occasional kimono. Sarah Bray, ELLE Decor, "Fashionable Travels: Stacey Bendet's Holiday in Hawaii," 2 Jan. 2014 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

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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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