Definitions

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

  • n. The art or process, originating in Japan, of folding paper into shapes representing flowers and birds, for example.
  • n. A decorative object made by folding paper.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The Japanese art of paper folding.
  • n. A piece of art made by folding paper.

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

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

Etymologies

Japanese : ori, to fold + kami, paper.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 折り紙 (origami) (Wiktionary)

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  • JM was sad to hear that his favourite online origami store has folded.

    May 31, 2011

  • !

    December 3, 2008

  • 折り紙 = origami = paper-folding
    折り神 = origami = God-folding

    December 3, 2008

  • The word is Japanese, literally meaning to fold (oru) paper (kami).

    December 2, 2008