[shoh-zhee, -jee]

noun, plural sho·ji, sho·jis.

a light screen consisting of a framework of wood covered with paper or other translucent material, used originally in Japanese homes as one of a series of sliding panels between the interior and exterior or between two interior spaces.

Origin of shoji

1875–80; < Japanese shōji, earlier shaũji < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese zhàngzi fence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shoji

Contemporary Examples of shoji

Historical Examples of shoji

  • The old dame threw aside the shoji like an armor, and walked in.

    The Dragon Painter

    Mary McNeil Fenollosa

  • Down L. is an open section of shoji leading to the Prince's apartments.

    The Vampire Cat

    Gerard Van Etten

  • But one night there came a gentle tapping on his shoji—like the dream.

    The Way of the Gods

    John Luther Long

  • His shoji were made of waste paper and his guests received tea only.

    The Foundations of Japan

    J.W. Robertson Scott

  • On hearing the commotion she opened the shoji and eagerly scanned the direction whence it arose.

    Romances of Old Japan

    Yei Theodora Ozaki

British Dictionary definitions for shoji


noun plural -ji or -jis

a rice-paper screen in a sliding wooden frame, used in Japanese houses as a partition
any similar screen

Word Origin for shoji

C19: from Japanese, from shō to separate + ji a piece
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