[yoo-kee-oh-ey; Japanese oo-kee-yaw-e]
- 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.
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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- a school of Japanese painting depicting subjects from everyday life
Japanese: pictures of the floating world