jo·​mon ˈjō-ˌmän How to pronounce jomon (audio)
often capitalized
: of, relating to, or typical of a Japanese cultural period from about the fifth or fourth millennium b.c. to about 200 b.c. and characterized by elaborately ornamented hand-formed unglazed pottery

Word History


Japanese jōmon, literally, straw rope pattern; from the decoration on the pottery

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jomon was in 1943

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Cite this Entry

“Jomon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

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