sho·​ji ˈshō-(ˌ)jē How to pronounce shoji (audio)
plural shoji also shojis
: a paper screen serving as a wall, partition, or sliding door

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Some of those spaces include the engawa, a traditional Japanese exterior corridor crafted from wooden lattice that replaced the indoor lap pool, and a Japanese pavilion with a tea ceremony room that has tatami mats and shoji sliding doors that open onto a koi pond. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 5 Apr. 2023 Sliding shoji screens connect spaces throughout. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 16 July 2020 There are two-story glass walls, complete with privacy screens, a floating staircase, shoji screens, and porcelain floors. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 9 Mar. 2023 The ultimate luxury spa getaway places you in a limestone-walled suite facing either the ocean, beach, or garden with your own teak tub, fireplace, and shoji-style closet. Sunset Magazine, 6 Sep. 2022 The original kitchen cabinetry remained but was outfitted with new, shoji-style doors. Nancy Ngo, Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 Like baby gates, these have become increasingly stylish and sophisticated, with designs ranging from warm woods to hand painted shoji-style screens to metals in hot designer finishes. Janice Costa, House Beautiful, 21 Apr. 2021 Tucked in a corner by the vast picture windows, guarded from the summer sun by shoji screens, a chiming Sonambient sculpture made in the early 1970s by the furniture designer Harry Bertoia, a Knoll colleague, stands quietly, waiting to be touched. Michael Snyder, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2020 Turning right takes you to the connected living and dining rooms, with their Brazilian cherry floors, vaulted ceilings, clerestory windows and shoji doors topped with lattice-wood inserts. Julie Lasky, New York Times, 26 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History


Japanese shōji

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shoji was in 1880

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“Shoji.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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