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[shoh-zhee, -jee] /ˈʃoʊ ʒi, -dʒi/
noun, plural shoji, shojis.
a light screen consisting of a framework of wood covered with paper or other translucent material, used originally in Japanese homes as one of a series of sliding panels between the interior and exterior or between two interior spaces.
Origin of shoji
1875-80; < Japanese shōji, earlier shaũji < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese zhàngzi fence Unabridged
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  • Um-ko in her room forgot her sewing, and leaned a delicate ear closer to the shoji.

    The Dragon Painter Mary McNeil Fenollosa
  • The old dame threw aside the shoji like an armor, and walked in.

    The Dragon Painter Mary McNeil Fenollosa
  • Down L. is an open section of shoji leading to the Prince's apartments.

    The Vampire Cat Gerard Van Etten
  • But one night there came a gentle tapping on his shoji—like the dream.

    The Way of the Gods John Luther Long
  • shoji, the sliding screens which take the place of doors in a Japanese house.

    Romances of Old Japan Yei Theodora Ozaki
  • His shoji were made of waste paper and his guests received tea only.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • The presence of an unusual light under the shoji brought her to her knees.

    The Dragon Painter Mary McNeil Fenollosa
  • On hearing the commotion she opened the shoji and eagerly scanned the direction whence it arose.

    Romances of Old Japan Yei Theodora Ozaki
British Dictionary definitions for shoji


/ˈʃəʊʒiː; -dʒiː/
noun (pl) -ji, -jis
a rice-paper screen in a sliding wooden frame, used in Japanese houses as a partition
any similar screen
Word Origin
C19: from Japanese, from shō to separate + ji a piece
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