Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long, wide-sleeved Japanese robe worn with an obi and often elaborately decorated.
  • n. A loose, light robe worn chiefly by women.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of traditional Japanese clothing that is worn in formal occasions.
  • n. Plural form of kimono.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of loose robe or gown tied with a sash, worn as a traditional outer garment by Japanese women and men. Women may wear it with a broad sash called an obi, having a large bow in the back. At present (1998), most Japanese wear it only at home or on ceremonial occasions, western-style clothing being more common in the workplace.
  • n. A similar gown worn as a dressing gown by women of Western nations.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Jap. costume, a garment resembling a European dressing-gown, folding across the breast, leaving the neck exposed, and held in place by a sash.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a loose robe; imitated from robes originally worn by Japanese

Etymologies

Japanese : kiru, to put on, wear + mono, object.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 着物 (kimono). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Reversing images can make significant Japanese cultural details, such as how a kimono is tied, look wrong.

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  • Yesterday, as I was about to leave for work (all grizzly and harried), Mr. Nag presented me with an unexpected gift, this beautiful Japanese kimono from a friend's shop:

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  • Now move to the bookshelf and using the stool grab the doll kimono from the very top of the bookshelf.

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  • Onoto Watanna ceased to be a nom de plume, and became a persona as Winnifred posed for publicity photographs dressed in kimono, and passed herself off as a Japanese noblewoman.

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  • It is a pity, though, for the flocks of girls in kimono that I saw today looked absolutely lovely.

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  • For that reason alone, I can understand why the kimono is losing out to dresses that you can slip on in seconds.

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  • I had two experienced ladies helping to dress me in kimono for my wedding, and despite the fact that they were working as fast as possible, it still took them a whole hour.

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  • The word kimono is a collective term for a variety of traditional pieces of clothing and can be translated as 'thing to wear'.

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  • However the word "kimono" -- which means "thing to wear" -- was first adopted by Westerners, who used it to refer to a variety of tube-shaped Japanese garments.

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