[ kah-kuh-moh-noh; Japanese kah-ke-maw-naw ]

noun,plural ka·ke·mo·nos, ka·ke·mo·no.
  1. a vertical hanging scroll containing either text or a painting, intended to be viewed on a wall and rolled when not in use.

Origin of kakemono

1885–90; <Japanese, equivalent to kake(y) to hang (see kakebuton) + mono thing

Words Nearby kakemono

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How to use kakemono in a sentence

  • He had backed to the far side of the room and stood surveying the effect of the kakemono with much satisfaction.

    Happy House | Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
  • The kakemono would be the chosen ones having some signification of felicity.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan | Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • It is ridiculous that Tokijiro should come in search of the kakemono that was entrusted to me.

    Romances of Old Japan | Yei Theodora Ozaki
  • Some interpret the bird's note as meaning, "Has the kakemono been suspended?"

    Myths &amp; Legends of Japan | F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • On the wall opposite the guest-room hung a kakemono or scroll-picture representing a river running quickly between rocks.

    Lafcadio Hearn | Nina H. Kennard

British Dictionary definitions for kakemono


/ (ˌkækɪˈməʊnəʊ) /

nounplural -nos
  1. a Japanese paper or silk wall hanging, usually long and narrow, with a picture or inscription on it and a roller at the bottom

Origin of kakemono

C19: from Japanese, from kake hanging + mono thing

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