Definition of kimono in US English:


nounPlural kimonos

  • A long, loose robe with wide sleeves and tied with a sash, originally worn as a formal garment in Japan and now also used elsewhere as a robe.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The owner was in traditional Japanese dress-a red kimono with an obi and sandals, her black hair pulled back in a tight bun.’
    • ‘Specifically, kimonos compartmentalise cultural display both within and outside of Japanese culture.’
    • ‘Traditional Japanese brides wear three wedding robes - a white kimono, a coloured kimono, and a white dress and veil.’
    • ‘She wore what appeared to be a yellow kimono with a white sash.’
    • ‘She tucked the handkerchief into the sleeve of her kimono as she heard her husband approach their room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There you will see kimonos, kaftans, t-shirts, jeans and jackets.’
    • ‘He was in a business suit instead of formal dress or traditional formal wear consisting of a crested kimono and pleated skirt.’
    • ‘Keiko admired herself in the full-length mirror as she tied the sash around her teal kimono.’
    • ‘Dressed in traditional kimonos and carrying fans and scrolls, the kids danced to some Japanese tunes.’
    • ‘A wallet gets picked from inside a kimono sleeve in a momentary impulse.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was wearing a loose fitting sky blue kimono with a long sash tied hurriedly at the back.’
    • ‘A figure appeared in the distance, wearing a kimono, sash, and a sheath.’
    • ‘Its streets are lined with people strolling in Western suits or Japanese kimonos, in full bustle even then.’
    • ‘Likewise, ancient Japanese nobility once attached bouquets of mint to their kimonos, breathing the aromatic herb was believed to invigorate the body.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Shops selling Japanese woodblock prints, kimonos, fans and antiquities popped up in Paris like mushrooms.’
    • ‘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.’
    housecoat, bathrobe, dressing gown, robe, negligee
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Mid 17th century: Japanese, from ki ‘wearing’ + mono ‘thing’.