[ eng-gah-wah ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby engawa

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How to use engawa in a sentence

  • 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
  • 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
  • There is also a wide covered engawa (verandah) in front and at the sides.

    The Foundations of Japan | J.W. Robertson Scott