sho·ji | \ˈshō-(ˌ)jē \
plural shoji also shojis

Definition of shoji 

: a paper screen serving as a wall, partition, or sliding door

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Sliding shoji-style doors lead to an airy room with an acacia-wood floor and a sleeping loft. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Tree Houses for Grown-Ups," 3 May 2018 After a bath in a wooden tub in a Japanese cedar room and a long sleep, Stephen[need to ID Stephen] opened the shoji screen to find snow falling on a still-red maple with a bird on a branch. Kevin Doyle, WSJ, "24 Famous Globe-Trotters on the Hotels They Love Most," 27 Apr. 2018 This was true even with the panels that prefigured electronic screens, including shoji, as well as mirrors and newspaper broadsheets. Susan Crawford, WIRED, "What Are Screens Doing to Our Eyes—And Our Ability to See?," 27 Mar. 2018 These accommodations are characterized by tatami mat flooring, low wooden tables, shoji screens, futon bedding, and yukata robes. Christina Liao, Vogue, "6 of the Most Luxurious Ryokans in Japan," 12 Jan. 2018 In the rooms, relax in comfortable luxe—Villeroy and Bach basins, European soaker bathtub with a shoji-style screen, chaise lounge and plush bedding. Condé Nast Traveler, "Pan Pacific Seattle," 20 Oct. 2017 The genius of the building is the exterior skin that contrasts a massive bulk of gothic terra-cotta, brick and concrete with thousands of delicate shoji-like industrial steel sash window panes — that swing open! Sandy Deneau Dunham, The Seattle Times, "Beauty beholders," 6 Sep. 2017 The quietude begins with a shoji screen by Mr. Childress that blocks off the gallery’s front window, its lightweight frame reiterating the six basic lines of the hexagram structure. Roberta Smith, Holland Cotter And Martha Schwendener, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 10 Aug. 2017 The space is narrow and deep: 13 stools at a long bar under Tiffany-esque lamps, facing a wall of shoji screens, with Japanese matchboxes lined up precariously along its ledge. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "East Meets West, and Cafe Becomes Sake Bar, at Hi-Collar," 18 May 2017

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First Known Use of shoji

1880, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shoji

Japanese shōji

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