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Definitions for kimono
kəˈmoʊ nə, -noʊki·mono

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. kimononoun

    a loose robe; imitated from robes originally worn by Japanese


  1. kimononoun

    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.


  1. kimononoun

    A form of traditional Japanese clothing that is worn in formal occasions.

  2. Etymology: From 着物.


  1. Kimono

    The kimono (きもの/着物, lit. 'thing to wear') is a traditional Japanese garment and the national dress of Japan. The kimono is a wrapped-front garment with square sleeves and a rectangular body, and is worn left side wrapped over right, unless the wearer is deceased. The kimono is traditionally worn with a broad sash, called an obi, and is commonly worn with accessories such as zōri sandals and tabi socks. Kimono have a set method of construction and are typically made from a long, narrow bolt of cloth known as a tanmono, though Western-style fabric bolts are also sometimes used. There are different types of kimono for men, women, and children, varying based on the occasion, the season, the wearer's age, and – less commonly in the modern day – the wearer's marital status. Despite the kimono's reputation as a formal and difficult-to-wear garment, there are types of kimono suitable for both formal and informal occasions. The way a person wears their kimono is known as kitsuke (着付け, lit. 'dressing'). Though previously been the most common Japanese garment, the kimono in the present day has fallen out of favour and is rarely worn as everyday dress. Kimono are now most frequently seen at summer festivals, where people frequently wear the yukata, the most informal type of kimono; however, more formal types of kimono are also worn to funerals, weddings, graduations, and other formal events. Other people who commonly wear kimono include geisha and maiko, who are required to wear it as part of their profession, and rikishi, or sumo wrestlers, who must wear kimono at all times in public.Despite the low number of people who wear kimono regularly and the garment's reputation as a complicated article of clothing, the kimono has experienced a number of revivals in previous decades, and is still worn today as fashionable clothing in Japan.


  1. kimono

    A kimono is a traditional Japanese garment characterized by its long, wide sleeves, straight seams, and a wrap-around style that ties with a sash, known as an obi. It is typically made from silk or other fine fabric and is often richly decorated with various designs or patterns. The length, color, style, and decorations can signify the wearer’s marital status, age, and level of formality of the occasion on which it is worn.


  1. Kimono

    The kimono is a Japanese traditional garment worn by men, women and children. The word "kimono", which literally means a "thing to wear", has come to denote these full-length robes. The standard plural of the word kimono in English is kimonos, but the unmarked Japanese plural kimono is also sometimes used. Kimono are T-shaped, straight-lined robes worn so that the hem falls to the ankle, with attached collars and long, wide sleeves. Kimono are wrapped around the body, always with the left side over the right, and secured by a sash called an obi, which is tied at the back. Kimono are generally worn with traditional footwear and split-toe socks. Today, kimono are most often worn by women, and on special occasions. Traditionally, unmarried women wore a style of kimono called furisode, with almost floor-length sleeves, on special occasions. A few older women and even fewer men still wear the kimono on a daily basis. Men wear the kimono most often at weddings, tea ceremonies, and other very special or very formal occasions. Professional sumo wrestlers are often seen in the kimono because they are required to wear traditional Japanese dress whenever appearing in public.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kimono

    ki-mō′nō, n. a loose robe, fastening with a sash, the principal outer garment in Japan.

Editors Contribution

  1. kimono

    A type of garment created in various colors, designs and styles.

    You can buy a Japanese Kimono on the internet and have it shipped to your chosen address.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 5, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kimono in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kimono in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of kimono in a Sentence

  1. Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko:

    The kimono is regarded around the world as a distinct part of our culture.

  2. Tony Leung:

    I started out in this business just hoping to make a living, but then I grew to learn the beauty of cheongsam, it's different from ethnic costumes like the kimono and hanbok, as cheongsam has a highly flexible design.

  3. Aiko Morita:

    People would accept it if the product was related to a kimono, but it's got absolutely no kimono element, so I think it's wrong.

  4. Trade Minister Hiroshige Seko:

    This has become a big deal on social media, the kimono is regarded around the world as a distinct part of our culture.

  5. Osmond Chan:

    It's different from ethnic costumes like the kimono and hanbok, as cheongsam has a highly flexible design, elements like dress length, different materials and different levels of complexity make dresses suitable for a variety of occasions.

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