uki·​yo-e ü-ˌkē-ō-ˈyā How to pronounce ukiyo-e (audio)
variants or less commonly ukiyo-ye
: a Japanese art movement that flourished from the 17th to the 19th century and produced paintings and prints depicting the everyday life and interests of the common people
also : the paintings and prints themselves

Examples of ukiyo-e in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The next subsection jumps to quilting in the United States, followed by brief interludes on the Hopi-Tewa potter Nampeyo, the Native and African American sculptor Edmonia Lewis, and the Japanese ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Ōi. Jillian Steinhauer, The New Republic, 21 Aug. 2023 On a visit to Japan, he was introduced to the ukiyo-e, or woodblock prints, of the master artist Hokusai. Angelica Aboulhosn, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Aug. 2023

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Word History


Japanese ukiyo-e genre picture, from ukiyo world, life + e picture

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ukiyo-e was in 1879

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“Ukiyo-e.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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