[ yoo-kee-oh-ey; Japanese oo-kee-yaw-e ]
/ yuˈki oʊˌeɪ; Japanese ʊˈki yɔˈɛ /


a genre style of painting and printmaking developed in Japan from the 17th to the 19th centuries and marked by the depiction of the leisure activities of ordinary people.

Words nearby ukiyo-e

Origin of ukiyo-e

1895–1900; < Japanese, equivalent to uki-yo transitory world (uki float + yo world) + (w)e picture (perhaps < Middle Chinese; compare Chinese huà) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ukiyo-e

/ (ˌuːkiːjəʊˈjeɪ) /


a school of Japanese painting depicting subjects from everyday life

Word Origin for ukiyo-e

Japanese: pictures of the floating world
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