Meaning of qipao in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtʃiːpaʊ/


  • A type of dress traditionally worn by Chinese women, typically having a high mandarin collar, a split skirt, and a fitted bodice with an asymmetrical closure extending from the neck to the right underarm.


1960s; earliest use found in The Oakland Tribune. From Chinese qí páo (Wade-Giles transcription ch'i p'ao), lit. ‘banner dress’ from qí banner + páo gown.