happi coathap·pi coat
a short, lightweight Japanese coat worn with a narrow sash over regular clothes, as to protect them from soiling
Origin of happi coat; from Japanese happi, coat of this kind + coat
A short, lightweight Japanese jacket or robe having wide straight sleeves and an open front, often fastened with ties.
Origin of happi coatJapanese happi, alteration of earlier hampi : han, half (from Early Middle Chinese panh) + -pi, combining form of hi, arm (from Early Middle Chinese pji&schwa;h, pjih), perhaps influenced by Japanese happi, a cloth placed by a monk over a chair while performing a memorial service, from earlier Japanese hafuhi : hafu, dharma (Modern Japanese h&omacron;) + hi, a kind of garment.