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A type of dress traditionally worn by Chinese women, typically having a high mandarin collar, a split skirt, and a fitted bodice with an asymmetrical closure extending from the neck to the right underarm.
1960s; earliest use found in The Washington Post. From Chinese qí páo (Wade-Giles transcription ch'i p'ao), lit. ‘banner dress’ from qí banner + páo gown.
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