ta·​ta·​mi | \ tä-ˈtä-mē How to pronounce tatami (audio) , ta- \
plural tatami or tatamis

Definition of tatami

: straw matting used as a floor covering in a Japanese home

Examples of tatami in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fitted with traditional tatami flooring, luxuriously comfortable futon mattresses, and enormous soaking tubs, the 84 rooms here ensure complete serenity and peace. John Wogan, Travel + Leisure, 8 July 2020 Turkey's Bilal Çiloğlu, the world's No. 9 lightweight, screamed and put his fists to his head after Ono pinned him helplessly to the tatami for an ippon, his wails echoing down the corridors. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, 26 July 2021 Before her, an audience of hundreds sits on tatami mats. Ben Dooley, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2020 The roadway was a river of fire, with homes and their contents, tatami mats, futons, rucksacks, all in flames. Brad Lendon And Emiko Jozuka, CNN, 7 Mar. 2020 Osaka is not known for its relaxing onsen or graceful tatami-floored ryokan. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Nov. 2019 Traditional Japanese rectilinear designs had gable roofs and rooms matching the dimensions of tatami mats. Davina Jackson, Quartzy, 18 Sep. 2019 Fortress says its improvements, such as replacing tatami mats with flooring and adding feature-rich Japanese toilets, have lifted the occupancy rate at all its buildings to 56% currently from 33% in 2017. Kosaku Narioka, WSJ, 18 June 2019 Diners remove shoes, step on to tatami flooring and sit on a cushion before a low table. The Seattle Times, 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of tatami

1614, in the meaning defined above

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10 Sep 2021

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“Tatami.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tatami. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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