Definitions for origamiˌɔr ɪˈgɑ mi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•ri•ga•miˌɔr ɪˈgɑ mi(n.)

  1. the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative or representational forms, as of animals or flowers.

    Category: Fine Arts

Origin of origami:

1920–25; < Japn, =ori fold +-gami, comb. form of kami paper

Princeton's WordNet

  1. origami(noun)

    the Japanese art of folding paper into shapes representing objects (e.g., flowers or birds)


  1. origami(Noun)

    The Japanese art of paper folding.

  2. origami(Noun)

    A piece of art made by folding paper.

  3. Origin: From 折り紙 (origami)


  1. Origami

    Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD at the latest and was popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami. Paper cutting and gluing is usually considered kirigami. The number of basic origami folds is small, but they can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs. The best known origami model is probably the Japanese paper crane. In general, these designs begin with a square sheet of paper whose sides may be different colors or prints. Traditional Japanese origami, which has been practiced since the Edo era (1603–1867), has often been less strict about these conventions, sometimes cutting the paper or using nonsquare shapes to start with. The principles of origami are also being used in stents, packaging and other engineering structures.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

paper sculpture

the art of modelling with folded paper.

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