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[oh-bee; Japanese aw-bee] /ˈoʊ bi; Japanese ˈɔ bi/
noun, plural obis, obi.
a long, broad sash tied about the waist over a Japanese kimono.
Origin of obi1
1875-80; < Japanese: girdle, gird (v.)


[oh-bee] /ˈoʊ bi/
noun, plural obis.
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  • What the women really lock their money up in is in their obis—the things you call sashes.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • They also wore gay Page 335embroidered obis, or large sashes, which are put on in a peculiar fashion.

    A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam' Annie Allnut Brassey
British Dictionary definitions for obis


noun (pl) obis, obi
a broad sash tied in a large flat bow at the back, worn by Japanese women and children as part of the national costume
a narrow sash worn by Japanese men
Word Origin
C19: from Japanese


noun (pl) obis, obeahs
a kind of witchcraft originating in Africa and practised by some West Indians
a charm or amulet used in this
Derived Forms
obiism, noun
Word Origin
of West African origin; compare Edo obi poison
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