Definition of dashiki in English:



  • A loose brightly coloured shirt or tunic, originally from West Africa.

    • ‘A student may wear a dashiki to class, but he wears a cap and gown to graduation.’
    • ‘Throughout the country men have, for the most part, replaced the traditional loincloth with T-shirts and dashikis.’
    • ‘Aretha put her hair into an Afro, wore dashikis and got involved in the growing women's movement.’
    • ‘Her 45-year old body, clad today in an African print dashiki dress, seems to still have a lot of dance left in it.’
    • ‘I was invited to speak on college campuses and I saw the disappointment in the eyes of black students when I got off the plane and I did not have a ten-foot-high Afro and was not wearing a dashiki made by Jomo Kenyatta's grandmama.’
    • ‘The Black Power Movement of the 1960's and 1970's saw my mother, her sisters and many of their peers cutting off their relaxed hair into Afros, dressing in dashikis and encouraging others to do the same.’
    • ‘But she was never to wear the Asase Ya costume, with its brilliantly patterned dashiki and the tall, coiled wig of black yarn.’
    • ‘For instance, each celebration involves colorful garb - from tasseled dashikis floating down South Street during Odunde to the embroidered silk robes worn on Chinese New Year.’
    • ‘Over the stone fireplace, a large oil painting of Madhubuti, back when he was Don L. Lee sporting a thick Afro and dashiki, recalls the righteous exhortations of his first books of poetry, Think Black and Black Pride.’
    • ‘And because I don't wear dashikis today, or kurtas to proclaim my Indian ancestry, does not make me less conscious of my past than these ‘come-latelys’.’


From Yoruba or Hausa.