[kuh-moh-nuh, -noh]

noun, plural ki·mo·nos.

a loose, wide-sleeved robe, fastened at the waist with a wide sash, characteristic of Japanese costume.
a woman's loose dressing gown.

Origin of kimono

1885–90; < Japanese: clothing, garb, equivalent to ki wear + mono thing
Related formski·mo·noed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kimono

Contemporary Examples of kimono

Historical Examples of kimono

  • After inquiring who it was that knocked, she puts on a kimono and opens the door.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • My waif was curled up in my kimono, feeding my fan-tailed goldfish.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • Then I spots Aunty, who's tumbled out in her boudoir cap and kimono.

  • When off duty he assumed a Japanese kimono, which became him like the robes of Nero.

  • She doubted if she would have enough to buy a kimono in Japan.

    The Pagan Madonna

    Harold MacGrath

British Dictionary definitions for kimono


noun plural -nos

a loose sashed ankle-length garment with wide sleeves, worn in Japan
any garment copied from this
Derived Formskimonoed, adjective

Word Origin for kimono

C19: from Japanese: clothing, from kiru to wear + mono thing
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Word Origin and History for kimono

1630s, from Japanese kimono, literally "a thing put on," from ki "wear, put on" + mono "thing."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper