Definition of kikoi in English:

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Pronunciation: /kiˈkoi/

noun (plural kikois)

1A distinctive East African striped cloth with an end fringe.
Example sentences
  • A kikoi - a stripy piece of cotton cloth from Kenya - but a sarong or some such would do as well.
  • Kenya stands to lose the name Kikoi, associated with locally made fabrics.
1.1A garment made of kikoi, worn around the waist.
Example sentences
  • The wind blows huge squalls of fine grey sand everywhere, so kikois (large cotton scarves) are wrapped around our heads, Lawrence of Arabia style.
  • He tucked it into a kikoi wrapped round his waist.
  • Folded into a narrow strip, our traditional Tanzanian sarong (or ‘kikoi’) makes an ideal central dressing for the refectory table; with this in place as an ‘inspiration piece’, the ideas fairly flow from us.


Mid 20th century: from Kiswahili.

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Syllabification: ki·koi

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