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noun, plural hi·mat·i·a [hi-mat-ee-uh] /hɪˈmæt i ə/. Greek Antiquity.
  1. a garment consisting of a rectangular piece of cloth thrown over the left shoulder and wrapped about the body.
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Origin of himation

1840–50; < Greek hīmation, equivalent to hīmat-, variant of heimat- (stem of heîma) dress, garment (akin to vest, wear) + -ion diminutive suffix
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Historical Examples of himation

  • The clothes she wore were no longer stola and palla, but chiton and himation.

    A Friend of Caesar

    William Stearns Davis

  • Finally, the himation was again thrown over the left shoulder, so that the ends fell over the back.

  • We mentioned before, that the himation was sometimes pulled over the back of the head like a veil.

  • The himation of Sparta was smaller than that at Athens, scarcely covering the person, and which was called the tribon.

    The Historical Child

    Oscar Chrisman

  • He approaches a female figure, of a larger scale, who wears a long chiton and himation.

British Dictionary definitions for himation


noun plural -ia (-ɪə)
  1. (in ancient Greece) a cloak draped around the body
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Word Origin for himation

C19: from Greek: a little garment, from heima dress, from hennunai to clothe
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