[ tuh-tah-mee ]
/ təˈtɑ mi /

noun, plural ta·ta·mi, ta·ta·mis.

(in Japanese houses) any of a number of thick, woven straw mats of uniform dimensions, about three feet by six feet (91 cm by 183 cm), the placing of which determines the dimensions of an interior.

Origin of tatami

From Japanese, dating back to 1895–1900, noun use of v.: to fold up
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/ (təˈtɑːmɪ, tæˈtæmɪ) /

noun plural -mi or -mis

a thick rectangular mat of woven straw, used as a standard to measure a Japanese room

Word Origin for tatami

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Word Origin and History for tatami


1610s, from Japanese tatami.

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