[oh-bee; Japanese aw-bee]

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.)



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

Examples from the Web for obis

Contemporary Examples of obis

Historical Examples of 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

  • They also wore gay Page 335embroidered obis, or large sashes, which are put on in a peculiar fashion.

    A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam'

    Annie Allnut Brassey

British Dictionary definitions for obis



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




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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