Definitions

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

  • n. A wide sash fastened in the back with a large flat bow, worn by women in Japan as a part of the traditional dress.
  • n. Variant of obeah.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sash worn with a kimono.
  • n. a form of witchcraft originating in Africa

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A species of sorcery, probably of African origin, practiced among the negroes of the West Indies.
  • n. A charm or fetich.
  • n. A sash, esp. the long belt-like broad sash of soft material worn by women aound the waist when wearing a traditional kimono, and usually having a large bow at the back.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A species of magical art or sorcery practised by the negroes in Africa, and formerly prevalent among those living in the West Indies, where it was introduced by African slaves.
  • n. The fetish or charm upon which the power of the obi is supposed to depend.
  • n. A sash of some soft material, figured or embroidered in gay colors, worn by the women of Japan. It is a long strip of cloth about a foot wide, wound round the waist several times, and tied behind in a large bow, which varies in style according to the social condition of the wearer.
  • To bewitch by the practice of obi; charm for the cure of disease, for revenge, etc.

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

  • n. (West Indies) followers of a religious system involving witchcraft and sorcery
  • n. a religious belief of African origin involving witchcraft and sorcery; practiced in parts of the West Indies and tropical Americas

Etymologies

Japanese.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese , おび. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And an obi is the wide band of material that you wrap around your waist over top of a kimono.

    Obi Hanging in Shop Window

  • •The kimono a long, wide-sleeved robe worn with a wide sash called an obi is a traditional garment.

    ASIAN BUSINESS CUSTOMS & MANNERS

  • (I learned later the obi was a bargain: Such high-quality, hand-embroidered sashes are rare.)

    My Kimono Education

  • My obi was a work of art that had taken three years to create.

    Geisha, A Life

  • My obi was the dusk red of salt shallows, dyed with a pattern of maple trees.

    Geisha, A Life

  • It was a robe the color of a mountain potato, covered with soft gray hatchmarks, and her obi was a simple pattern of black diamonds on a background of deep blue.

    Memoirs of a Geisha

  • Mr. Bekku's principal job as dresser was to tie the obi, which isn't as simple a job as it might sound.

    Memoirs of a Geisha

  • Nippostrongylus kendo kyu nisei kesa-gatame kyudo No keyaki linked verse nogaku kiaki mai noh kibei maiko nori kiku makimono norimon Kikuchi mama-san norito kikumon mamushi noshi kikyo mana notan ki-mon matsu nunchakus kimono matsuri oban kimono sleeve matsuyama, adj. obang kin mebos obe kiri medaka obi kirigami Meiji odori kirimon menuki ofuro kirin metake o-goshi koan miai oiran mikado ojime sub mikan Okayama, adj. kobang Mikimoto Okazaki kobe, adj.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IX No 1

  • Sebastian Mayer/AEIOU Pull the 'obi' firmly in place.

    Kimonos: The 13-Step Program

  • (The pillow lifts the back of the 'obi'; the 'obi-age' hides the pillow.)

    Kimonos: The 13-Step Program

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