origami

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Miyake’s origami-like pleats transformed usually crass polyester into chic. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2022 Plus regular WaterFire fun: an origami master, a living statue, live music, and a RISD faculty show. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Nov. 2022 This book comes with special sheets of Pokémon origami paper and instructions to make 10 different Pokémon. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 14 Oct. 2022 Miyake’s origami-like pleats transformed usually crass polyester into chic. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2022 Mercedes briefly revived Maybach as a standalone brand in 1997 with a couple of big and expensive sedans that strove for a retro-luxury look but achieved an angular origami oddity. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 6 Oct. 2022 Miyake’s origami-like pleats transformed usually crass polyester into chic. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2022 Miyake’s origami-like pleats transformed usually crass polyester into chic. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2022 Miyake’s origami-like pleats transformed usually crass polyester into chic. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

Dictionary Entries Near origami

Cite this Entry

“Origami.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/origami. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

origami

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

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