ori·​ga·​mi | \ ˌȯr-ə-ˈgä-mē How to pronounce origami (audio) \

Definition of origami

: 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 entire Webb telescope is so large that it will be folded like origami to fit inside the nose cone of the rocket, with the mirror and sun shield deploying once in space. Angie Leventis Lourgos, chicagotribune.com, 24 Dec. 2021 But if Webb’s origami fails, NASA and the astronomical community will have to take a long walk back to the drawing board. New York Times, 20 Dec. 2021 Barnaby Dixon’s puppet daemons, literally lit from within, have an origami-like quality. David Benedict, Variety, 8 Dec. 2021 Santa Claus will visit with children on Dec. 4 from noon to 2 p.m. Ben Parker will make origami on Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 26 Nov. 2021 However, many times, the construction of a Halston dress comes together like complicated origami, so even tailoring one can be very, very difficult. Danielle Turchiano, Variety, 17 Aug. 2021 Everything from the specific knife cuts, which can make food resemble origami, to the attentive and knowledgeable service makes Bistro Na’s stand out in a sea of good Chinese restaurants all over the San Gabriel Valley. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 7 July 2021 Curved origami dates to late 1920s Bauhaus; a classic specimen starts as a circular piece of paper, which, when folded along concentric circles, automatically twists into a saddle curve. Siobhan Roberts, New York Times, 25 June 2021 Given their reputation with origami, the Demaines have naturally created a few fonts riffing on the nuances of folding, including the Origami Maze Font, the Simple Fold & Cut Font, the Fold & Punch Font and an Impossible Folding Font. Siobhan Roberts, New York Times, 25 June 2021

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First Known Use of origami

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for origami

Japanese, from ori fold + kami paper

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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 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of origami

: the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes that look like birds, animals, etc.


ori·​ga·​mi | \ ˌȯr-ə-ˈgä-mē How to pronounce origami (audio) \

Kids Definition of origami

: the art of folding paper into three-dimensional figures or designs without cutting the paper or using glue

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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about origami


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