[ net-skee, -skey; Japanese ne-tsoo-ke ]
/ ˈnɛt ski, -skeɪ; Japanese ˈnɛ tsʊˈkɛ /


(in Japanese art) a small figure of ivory, wood, metal, or ceramic, originally used as a buttonlike fixture on a man's sash, from which small personal belongings were hung.

Origin of netsuke

1880–85; < Japanese, equivalent to ne root + tsuke (earlier tuke(y) attach Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for netsuke

/ (ˈnɛtsʊkɪ) /


(in Japan) a carved toggle, esp of wood or ivory, originally used to tether a medicine box, purse, etc, worn dangling from the waist

Word Origin for netsuke

C19: from Japanese
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