Main definitions of obi in US English:

: obi1obi2

obi1

noun

  • A broad sash worn around the waist of a Japanese kimono.

    • ‘He had his waraji on his feet and his swords tightly secured through his obi before Taro returned, a snow-colored mare being lead by the reins.’
    • ‘About my height and three inches taller, she wore a blue kimono with a yellow obi.’
    • ‘So far I have worn a thick kimono with a narrow obi but the old gentleman thinks this is all wrong.’
    • ‘Her yukata was large on her, but still clung to her curves where the obi tied around her waist.’
    • ‘Metalwork and sword fittings are also displayed alongside examples of inro, which is a sectional case or box worn suspended from the obi by a cord on which the netsuke serves as a toggle.’
    • ‘Authentic Japanese vintage kimonos, obi (a wide sash), fabrics and unusual vintage items possess their own history and charm.’
    • ‘A striped scarf becomes a runner, and a half yard of silk can be tied around a pitcher in the style of an obi, a broad sash worn with a kimono.’
    • ‘Cleaning her fans before tucking them into her obi, Lori looked up startled to see Tari looking pale.’
    • ‘She explained everything to us - from the types and meanings of the different kimonos and obis (clothing articles) to the differences between Japanese and Okinawa food and customs.’
    • ‘After securing her obi and weapons, she moved onto her pair of thick leather boots that protected nearly her entire leg.’
    • ‘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 kimono-look batik blouse and a knee-length fine skirt, for instance, had an obi (Japanese broad belt) to match.’
    • ‘Some of the more unique stalls had Japanese obis, Belgian chocolate, crystal glassware and some very loud hats - just the thing for the upcoming Melbourne Cup Day celebration held in November.’
    • ‘She could see where Tari had hiked up her kimono skirt and tied it with her obi.’
    • ‘An indigo scarf, the same color as the obi - sash - of the kimono, lay on her arms.’
    • ‘The village leader wore a simple brown kimono with a black obi.’
    • ‘The fabric was of a sky-blue color with designs of lotus blossoms, and her obi was dark-blue to stand out against the bright colors.’
    • ‘In the softer, romantic vein, Rodriguez offered spicy yellow or orange long or short silk dresses with an oriental touch in flowing kimono sleeves and an occasional obi sash.’
    • ‘Her obi flutters in a breeze that gently stills as if all breathing in the world had stopped.’
    • ‘In the beginning, it was important for the carver to produce small, rounded netsuke without any sharp edges or points, because it was worn between the obi and the hip.’

Origin

Japanese, literally ‘belt’.

Pronunciation

obi

/ˈoʊbi/

Main definitions of obi in US English:

: obi1obi2

obi2

noun

Pronunciation

obi

/ˈoʊbi/