engawa

[ eng-gah-wah ]
/ ɛŋˈgɑ wɑ /

noun

a floor extension at one side of a Japanese-style house, usually facing a yard or garden and serving as passageway and sitting space.

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Origin of engawa

<Japanese, equivalent to en edge, veranda (<Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese yuán) + -gawa combining form of kawa (earlier kafa) side
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Example sentences from the Web for engawa

  • 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