- 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
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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 Artist's Letters From Japan
John La Farge
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