Definition of kikoi in English:

kikoi

noun

  • 1A distinctive East African striped cloth with an end fringe.

    • ‘A kikoi - a stripy piece of cotton cloth from Kenya - but a sarong or some such would do as well.’
    • ‘Kenya stands to lose the name Kikoi, associated with locally made fabrics.’
    1. 1.1 A garment made of kikoi, worn around the waist.
      • ‘Men wore a striped cloth (kikoi) around the waist that hung to the knees.’
      • ‘He tucked it into a kikoi wrapped round his waist.’
      • ‘The wind blows huge squalls of fine grey sand everywhere, so kikois (large cotton scarves) are wrapped around our heads, Lawrence of Arabia style.’
      • ‘Folded into a narrow strip, our traditional Tanzanian sarong (or ‘kikoi’) makes an ideal central dressing for the refectory table; with this in place as an ‘inspiration piece’, the ideas fairly flow from us.’

Origin

Mid 20th century: from Kiswahili.

Pronunciation:

kikoi

/kiˈkoi/