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[kah-kuh-moh-noh; Japanese kah-ke-maw-naw] /ˌkɑ kəˈmoʊ noʊ; Japanese ˈkɑ kɛˈmɔ nɔ/
noun, plural kakemonos, kakemono.
a vertical hanging scroll containing either text or a painting, intended to be viewed on a wall and rolled when not in use.
Compare makimono.
Origin of kakemono
1885-90; < Japanese, equivalent to kake(y) to hang (see kakebuton) + mono thing Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for kakemono
Historical Examples
  • Most of the kakemono in the tokonomas are Shint rather than Buddhist.

  • It is ridiculous that Tokijiro should come in search of the kakemono that was entrusted to me.

    Romances of Old Japan

    Yei Theodora Ozaki
  • Some interpret the bird's note as meaning, "Has the kakemono been suspended?"

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • Rikiu places the various articles before them, with the kakemono.

    The Book of Tea Kakuzo Okakura
  • In front of the kakemono was a slender vase in which was a single spray of flowers.

    The Four Corners in Japan Amy Ella Blanchard
  • This Danjuro was unable to find out; if he had known he would have chosen a kakemono of flowers for you.

    Japan Dorothy Menpes
  • On one wall hangs a kakemono, or a long strip of paper with flowers painted in water-colours.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • These are the two forms best known under their Japanese names of kakemono and makimono.

    Chinese Painters Raphael Petrucci
  • There was a tiny copy of the sutras on a tiny reading-desk, and tiny screens and bells and kakemono.

  • Jean carefully put away her kakemono and took from a box, sweetly smelling and prettily decorated, a beautiful Satsuma vase.

    The Four Corners in Japan Amy Ella Blanchard
British Dictionary definitions for kakemono


noun (pl) -nos
a Japanese paper or silk wall hanging, usually long and narrow, with a picture or inscription on it and a roller at the bottom
Word Origin
C19: from Japanese, from kake hanging + mono thing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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