obi

noun
\ ˈō-bē How to pronounce obi (audio) \

Definition of obi

: a broad sash worn with a Japanese kimono

Examples of obi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At Van Cleef & Arpels, some of these were modeled on inro, the small boxes of wood, leather, metal, ivory or paper that Japanese men hung from their obi (kimonos have no pockets) to carry tobacco or medicinal herbs. New York Times, "How Japonisme Forever Changed the Course of Western Design," 11 Feb. 2021 Japanese men traditionally used an inrō, a basket worn suspended from an obi or sash, to carry small items including medicine. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "The Things They Carried," 13 Nov. 2020 Kimonos are worn with the left side wrapped over the right and secured with an obi, or sash, around the waist. The Economist, "Enduring fashion A captivating new exhibition celebrates the kimono," 2 Mar. 2020 Susuru has just two omakase events under its obi at this point. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Omakase in Orlando — a culinary adventure that requires surrender," 7 Oct. 2019 From its oversized shoulder pads tucked into high-waisted harem pants and cinched with a leather obi belt adorned with the famous LV logo, Stone’s daring outfit worked with the event’s theme of fashion innovation. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Emma Stone Puts a Fresh Twist on the Power Suit in Louis Vuitton," 6 June 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 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 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

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First Known Use of obi

1874, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for obi

Japanese

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“Obi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/obi. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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