American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A flat sandal with thongs, usually made of straw or leather.
- n. Japanese sandals made from rice straw or lacquered wood, worn with a kimono for formal occasions.
- n. a sandal attached to the foot by a thong over the toes
- From Japanese 草履 (zōri). (Wiktionary)
- Japanese zōri : sō, grass, straw (from Middle Chinese tsaw) + ri, sole (from Middle Chinese li). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Each evening, before retiring, the careful wife sees that a hocho, or kitchen knife, is laid upon the kitchen floor, and covered with a kanadarai, or brazen wash - basin, on the upturned bottom of which is placed a single straw sandal, of the noiseless sort called zori, also turned upside down.”
“Moments later an ancient Rolls-Royce pulls up front and a bride dressed in a extravagantly decorated Shinto wedding dress climbs out and steps slowly through the lobby, carefully balanced on her wooden zori.”
“Da Kine hapa Prez talk good story and wear zori slipper like a good local boy.”
“They wore black hakama kendo trousers and jackets and black tabi over black tabi socks, which isolated the big toe so they could wear the zori sandals.”
“In menny plaizez zori, oar flipflopz iz cawled thongz .”
“They wore work boots or high-heels instead of the traditional zori (sandals); tied the obi sash in the front instead of the back; and wore a blouse underneath a short kimono that barely covered the knees.”
“Iâ€™ll post when I make the wood stain zori and let you know how it goes.”
“Maybe you need zori for a cosplay or maybe youâ€™re like me and need zori for a bona fide Bon Odori reason.”
“Iâ€™m sorry, but zori were made for tiny, tiny, Japanese feet, not American feet…The zori I made held up remarkably well and I only had to touch them up once.”
“My zori were still better than the other, authentic zori that my non-Japanese companions had to wear.”
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