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ukiyo-e

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

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.

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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)

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British Dictionary definitions for ukiyo-e

ukiyo-e
/ (ˌuːkiːjəʊˈjeɪ) /

noun

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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