to·​ko·​no·​ma ˌtō-kə-ˈnō-mə How to pronounce tokonoma (audio)
: 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, 12 Jan. 2018

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Word History



First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tokonoma was in 1871

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“Tokonoma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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