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[kuh-moh-nuh, -noh] /kəˈmoʊ nə, -noʊ/
noun, plural kimonos.
a loose, wide-sleeved robe, fastened at the waist with a wide sash, characteristic of Japanese costume.
a woman's loose dressing gown.
Origin of kimono
1885-90; < Japanese: clothing, garb, equivalent to ki wear + mono thing
Related forms
kimonoed, adjective Unabridged
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  • "I wasn't finding fault," retorted Elsie, who had by this time taken off the kimono, and begun brushing out her long hair.

    The Girl from Arizona Nina Rhoades
  • My waif was curled up in my kimono, feeding my fan-tailed goldfish.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • She lent her Roman sash, her embroidered Japanese kimono, and her spangled Egyptian scarf to girls who could use them effectively.

    Betty's Happy Year Carolyn Wells
  • Then I spots Aunty, who's tumbled out in her boudoir cap and kimono.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • There was a motley array of every color of kimono that the mind of girl could conceive.

British Dictionary definitions for kimono


noun (pl) -nos
a loose sashed ankle-length garment with wide sleeves, worn in Japan
any garment copied from this
Derived Forms
kimonoed, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Japanese: clothing, from kiru to wear + mono thing
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Word Origin and History for kimono

1630s, from Japanese kimono, literally "a thing put on," from ki "wear, put on" + mono "thing."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for kimono

cement overcoat

noun phrase

A casing of cement containing a corpse for disposal in deep water (1940s+)


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pine overcoat

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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