to·​ko·​no·​ma | \ ˌtō-kə-ˈnō-mə How to pronounce tokonoma (audio) \

Definition of tokonoma

: a niche or alcove in the wall of a Japanese house for the display of a decorative object

Examples of tokonoma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 34 Japanese-style rooms are archetypal of such establishments: tatami mat floors, low tables with legless chairs, an ornamental alcove (tokonoma), and sliding shoji screens characterize the accommodations. Christina Liao, Vogue, "6 of the Most Luxurious Ryokans in Japan," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of tokonoma

1871, in the meaning defined above

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“Tokonoma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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