1 [oh-bee; Japanese aw-bee]

1875–80; < Japanese: girdle, gird (v.) Unabridged


2 [oh-bee]
noun, plural obis. Unabridged
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obi1 (ˈəʊbɪ)
n , pl obis, obi
1.  a broad sash tied in a large flat bow at the back, worn by Japanese women and children as part of the national costume
2.  a narrow sash worn by Japanese men
[C19: from Japanese]

obi or obeah2 (ˈəʊbɪ)
n , pl obis, obeahs
1.  a kind of witchcraft originating in Africa and practised by some West Indians
2.  a charm or amulet used in this
[of West African origin; compare Edo obi poison]
obeah or obeah2
[of West African origin; compare Edo obi poison]
'obiism or obeah2

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wide sash or belt made of satin or a stiff silk material, worn since ancient times in Japan to secure the kimono. A woman's obi is about 12 feet (370 cm) long and 10 inches (25 cm) wide; a man's obi is about three-fourths as long and one-sixth as wide. The obi is wound around the waist over the kimono and tied at the back.

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Example sentences for +obi
In addition, she wears a simple obi, or sash, around her waist.
It sits behind the obi with the curved ends visible above and below the obi.
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