Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[eng-gah-wah] /ɛŋˈgɑ wɑ/
a floor extension at one side of a Japanese-style house, usually facing a yard or garden and serving as passageway and sitting space.
Origin of engawa
< Japanese, equivalent to en edge, veranda (< Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese yuán) + -gawa combining form of kawa (earlier kafa) side Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for engawa
Historical Examples
  • We followed our hostess to the engawa (verandah) leading to the guest-room next to what had been Hearn's study.

    Lafcadio Hearn Nina H. Kennard
  • As we entered we passed along an engawa (verandah) bounding a tiny internal square of garden on our way to the reception-room.

    A Journal from Japan Marie Carmichael Stopes

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for engawa

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for engawa

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for engawa