What does obi mean?

Definitions for obiˈoʊ bi

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obeah, obi(noun)

    (West Indies) followers of a religious system involving witchcraft and sorcery

  2. obeah, obi(noun)

    a religious belief of African origin involving witchcraft and sorcery; practiced in parts of the West Indies and tropical Americas


  1. obi(Noun)

    a form of witchcraft originating in Africa

  2. Origin: From 帯, おび.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obi(noun)

    a species of sorcery, probably of African origin, practiced among the negroes of the West Indies

  2. Obi(noun)

    a charm or fetich

  3. Origin: [Prob. of African origin.]


  1. Obi

    Obi is a sash for traditional Japanese dress, keikogi worn for Japanese martial arts, and part of kimono outfits. The obi for men's kimono is rather narrow, 10 centimetres wide at most, but a woman's formal obi can be 30 centimetres wide and more than 4 metres long. Nowadays, a woman's wide and decorative obi does not keep the kimono closed; this is done by different undersashes and ribbons worn underneath the obi. The obi itself often requires the use of stiffeners and ribbons for definition of shape and decoration. There are many types of obi, most for women: wide obis made of brocade and narrower, simpler obis for everyday wear. The fanciest and most colourful obis are for young unmarried women. The contemporary women's obi is a very conspicuous accessory, sometimes even more so than the kimono robe itself. A fine formal obi might cost more than the rest of the entire outfit. Obis are categorised by their design, formality, material, and use. Informal obis are narrower and shorter.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Obi

    ō′bi, n. a kind of sorcery practised by obeah-men and obeah-women among the negroes of the West Indies and United States, a survival of African magic: a fetish or charm—also O′bea, O′beah, O′by.—n. O′biism. [Prob. Afr.]

  2. Obi

    ō′bi, n. a broad, gaily embroidered sash worn by Japanese women. [Jap.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Obi

    a river and, with its tributaries, great water highway of West Siberia, which rises in the Altai Mountains, and after a course of 2120 m. falls into the Arctic Ocean.

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  1. OBI

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Anagrams for obi »

  1. Bio

  2. Bio.

  3. BOI

  4. Ibo

  5. IOB


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obi in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obi in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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