[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. obesogenic,
  2. obex,
  3. obey,
  4. obfuscate,
  5. obfuscation,
  6. obie,
  7. obiit,
  8. obit,
  9. obiter,
  10. obiter dictum

Origin of obi

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


[ oh-bee ]
/ ˈoʊ bi /

noun, plural o·bis. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for obis

  • What the women really lock their money up in is in their obis—the things you call sashes.

    From Sea to Sea|Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for obis


/ (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




/ (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 Formsobiism, noun

Word Origin for obi

of West African origin; compare Edo obi poison

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