What does origami mean?

Definitions for origamiˌɔr ɪˈgɑ mi

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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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of origami in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of origami in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Charles de LEUSSE:

    For him, she bends over backwards. It is origami of the heart. (Pour lui, elle se plie en quatre. - C'est l'origami du cœur)

  2. Eric Bridges:

    Still today, as with eight years ago, there is the ability to get it wrong, blind people today fold their bills, like a game of origami at times.

  3. Evan Hayden:

    I visited Hiroshima in July 1998, during my first visit to Japan, my student group went to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the Peace Memorial and the Peace Memorial Park. We saw the [ origami ] paper cranes while there.

  4. Ross Symons:

    Towards the end of the year, I got a call from Christian Dior in France, their whole plan was to use origami and stock-frame animations for a tour from Paris to Tokyo. That was the first time I got contacted internationally via Instagram.

Images & Illustrations of origami

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