Main definitions of omi in English

: omi1OMI2

omi1

noun

historical
  • In early imperial Japan: (a hereditary title for) the head of clan or family that claimed imperial ancestry, who usually also served as a high-ranking official in the Yamato court.

noun

North American
  • Originally among German communities: a grandmother.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan. From Japanese omi clan chieftain (720 in Nihon-shoki, the Chronicles of Japan), fused compound of uncertain origin. Perhaps a contraction of ō-mi (from ō- great + -mi revered being, god (from (i)mi, nominalized stem of imu to shun)), but frequently apprehended as from ō- + mi body, person<br>1980s. From German Omi from Om- (in Oma) + -i, hypocoristic suffix.

Pronunciation

omi

/ˈɒmi//ˈəʊmi/

Main definitions of omi in English

: omi1OMI2

OMI2

noun

  • Oblate Fathers of Mary Immaculate.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Catholic Encyclopaedia.