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noun uki·yo–e \ü-ˌkē-ō-ˈyā, -ˈā\

Definition of ukiyo–e

  1. :  a Japanese art movement that flourished from the 17th to the 19th century and produced paintings and prints depicting the everyday life and interests of the common people; also :  the paintings and prints themselves

Variants of ukiyo–e



Origin and Etymology of ukiyo–e

Japanese ukiyo-e genre picture, from ukiyo world, life + e picture

First Known Use: 1879

Rhymes with ukiyo–e

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