ta·​ta·​mi tä-ˈtä-mē How to pronounce tatami (audio)
plural tatami or tatamis
: straw matting used as a floor covering in a Japanese home

Examples of tatami in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Subtly strewed aluminum casts of leaves, roots and even anchovies lie on the floor, or else on tatami mats sheathed in sheets of pale silicone. Martha Schwendener, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2024 The majority of the rooms feature Western-style sleeping arrangements, where futons are replaced with comfy beds and tatami mats are swapped for heated wooden flooring. Christina Liao, Vogue, 30 Dec. 2023 Panoramic views of the mountains, year-round outdoor seating, tatami rooms, cascading lanterns, and a roaring waterfall entryway complement the menu, which is comprised of exquisite Japanese dishes. Alexandra Malmed, Vogue, 8 Nov. 2023 Upstairs is a tatami room for tea ceremonies, where Singh will host tea masters visiting from Japan. New York Times, 17 Oct. 2023 With each individual table set within its own private room replete with traditional low tables and tatami mats, diners here are treated to an authentic multi-course vegetarian meal while enjoying views over a serene Japanese garden. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 26 Oct. 2023 Most of the spacious rooms are Western in style, with beds rather than futons, and trade in tatami mats for wooden flooring. Christina Liao, Vogue, 18 Oct. 2023 For example, the game room sports steel wall coverings, tatami mat ceilings, and suede galore. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 29 Sep. 2023 Spring light shining in through the windows formed little sunny squares on the tatami. Haruki Murakami, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2023

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Word History



First Known Use

1614, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tatami was in 1614

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“Tatami.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tatami. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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