[ in-roh ]
/ ˈɪn roʊ /

noun, plural in·ro.

a small lacquer box with compartments for medicines, cosmetics, etc., worn on the waist sash of the traditional Japanese costume.

Origin of inro

1610–20; < Japanese inrō < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese yìn signature seal, chop + lǒng round lidded container; the inro was originally used to carry one's chop Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inro

  • Look at this little netsuke, or inro, or sword-guard, and follow the workman as you admire each detail of the execution.

  • An inro, or pill-box, might require several years for perfection, though small enough to go into a fob.

    The Empire of the East|H. B. Montgomery

Word Origin and History for inro


1610s, from Japanese, from Chinese yin "seal" + lung "basket."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper