[ oh-bee; Japanese aw-bee ]
/ ˈoʊ bi; Japanese ˈɔ bi /

noun, plural o·bis, o·bi.

a long, broad sash tied about the waist over a Japanese kimono.

Origin of obi

1875–80; < Japanese: girdle, gird (v.)

Definition for obi (2 of 2)

[ oh-bee ]
/ ˈoʊ bi /

noun, plural o·bis. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for obi (1 of 2)

/ (ˈəʊbɪ) /

noun plural obis or obi

a broad sash tied in a large flat bow at the back, worn by Japanese women and children as part of the national costume
a narrow sash worn by Japanese men

Word Origin for obi

C19: from Japanese

British Dictionary definitions for obi (2 of 2)



/ (ˈəʊbɪ) /

noun plural obis or obeahs

a kind of witchcraft originating in Africa and practised by some West Indians
a charm or amulet used in this

Derived forms of obi

obiism, noun

Word Origin for obi

of West African origin; compare Edo obi poison
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