ori·​ga·​mi ˌȯr-ə-ˈgä-mē How to pronounce origami (audio)
: the Japanese art or process of folding squares of paper into representational shapes

Examples of origami in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The finished structures are reminiscent of origami constructions, Jenga stacks, pyramids, igloos, boats, submarines and alien spacecraft. David A. Keeps, Los Angeles Times, 10 July 2024 Robot morphs shape using material inspired by origami Outfitted with wheels and rotors, the bot can morph from a land drone into a quadcopter in seconds. Big Think, 24 June 2024 The crystal trousers and shirting were pretty tight, too, as was that one massive pin holding together those origami tops. José Criales-Unzueta, Vogue, 22 June 2024 Full of creativity, Carson likes to learn origami and make all kinds of cool and fun things. The Star, Kansas City Star, 8 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for origami 

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Word History


Japanese, from ori fold + kami paper

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of origami was in 1948

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“Origami.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/origami. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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ori·​ga·​mi ˌȯr-ə-ˈgäm-ē How to pronounce origami (audio)
: the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes

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