Definition of kimono in English:



  • 1A long, loose traditional Japanese robe with wide sleeves, tied with a sash.

    • ‘She tucked the handkerchief into the sleeve of her kimono as she heard her husband approach their room.’
    • ‘Just as the Japanese used netsuke toggles to fasten their kimonos, the Inuit hung theirs from hunting equipment to placate the animal spirits for past catches.’
    • ‘Traditional Japanese brides wear three wedding robes - a white kimono, a coloured kimono, and a white dress and veil.’
    • ‘Shops selling Japanese woodblock prints, kimonos, fans and antiquities popped up in Paris like mushrooms.’
    • ‘She instead was dressed in a satin white dress that had the basic form of a Japanese kimono, with a red sash that included a satin flower.’
    • ‘She wore what appeared to be a yellow kimono with a white sash.’
    • ‘There was an open-air teahouse with picnic tables and young Japanese girls in kimonos who brought dainty teacups along with two pots of tea.’
    • ‘A wallet gets picked from inside a kimono sleeve in a momentary impulse.’
    • ‘Specifically, kimonos compartmentalise cultural display both within and outside of Japanese culture.’
    • ‘Dressed in traditional kimonos and carrying fans and scrolls, the kids danced to some Japanese tunes.’
    • ‘The owner was in traditional Japanese dress-a red kimono with an obi and sandals, her black hair pulled back in a tight bun.’
    • ‘A figure appeared in the distance, wearing a kimono, sash, and a sheath.’
    • ‘If you think of kimonos or school uniforms when you think of Japanese fashion, you're missing out on the best and most flamboyant outfits that Japan has to offer the world.’
    • ‘There you will see kimonos, kaftans, t-shirts, jeans and jackets.’
    • ‘I would also have to get rid of all my gorgeous ethnic garb - my sari, kimonos, and African robes would have to go - ‘attention getting and immodest’, you know.’
    • ‘He was wearing a loose fitting sky blue kimono with a long sash tied hurriedly at the back.’
    • ‘Keiko admired herself in the full-length mirror as she tied the sash around her teal kimono.’
    • ‘Its streets are lined with people strolling in Western suits or Japanese kimonos, in full bustle even then.’
    • ‘He was in a business suit instead of formal dress or traditional formal wear consisting of a crested kimono and pleated skirt.’
    • ‘Likewise, ancient Japanese nobility once attached bouquets of mint to their kimonos, breathing the aromatic herb was believed to invigorate the body.’
    housecoat, bathrobe, dressing gown, robe, negligee
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    1. 1.1 A garment similar to a kimono worn elsewhere as a dressing gown.


Mid 17th century: Japanese, from ki ‘wearing’ + mono ‘thing’.