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 Our team’s idea was inspired by origami, the art of paper folding. Hanqing Jiang, The Conversation, "Curved origami offers a creative route to making robots and other mechanical devices," 18 Nov. 2020 Empathetic origami is another crowd-pleaser and good for new members who seem unsure of themselves. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Traditions from Hunting Camp," 11 Oct. 2020 Baker’s slowly unfolding account, like an undone origami, should give pause to anyone who thinks the C.I.A. is anything more than an amoral boys’ club, bent on keeping everything a secret, especially its own manifold misdeeds. New York Times, "Letters to the Editor," 16 Oct. 2020 Some sari folds need to be held with stitches or pins, others are more free form, like fabric origami for the body. Charu Suri, National Geographic, "The surprising history of India’s vibrant sari tradition," 6 Oct. 2020 Parents and children can choose from more than 75 different experiences, including a leopard safari in Sri Lanka, working with an archaeologist to uncover Pompeii, learning about the art of origami and the essence of Japan, and much more. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Airbnb Teamed Up With Bill Nye and Olivia Wilde to Create Online Field Trips for Kids," 24 Sep. 2020 Each of the works began as all origami does: with a single piece of paper that is transformed into a thing of beauty. ExpressNews.com, "Express Briefing: Military ballots among most likely to go uncounted in 2020 election," 20 Sep. 2020 Cyberquad is pretty scarce, and Elon Musk only mentioned it in passing at the Cybertruck reveal last November, so Benoit and Salowsky decided to make their version look like the Cybertruck itself, using origami. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Guy Built a Badass Cyberquad ATV Because He Was Tired of Waiting for Tesla's," 11 Sep. 2020 At his nursing home, Watanabe filled the days with exercises, origami and calligraphy. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Chitetsu Watanabe, the World’s Oldest Man, Dies at 112," 26 Feb. 2020

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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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26 Nov 2020

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“Origami.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/origami. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of origami

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


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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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