Definition of ukiyo-e in English:


Syllabification: u·ki·yo-e
Pronunciation: /ˌo͞okē(y)ōˈā, ˈyo͞okē(y)ōˈā


A school of Japanese art depicting subjects from everyday life, dominant in the 17th-19th centuries.
More example sentences
  • The prints have a lot of color graduation instead of plain even color areas that are so typical for classical Japanese ukiyo-e.
  • The origins of Japanese woodblock prints or ukiyo-e go back to the middle of the 17th century.
  • Sukeroku is frequently depicted in ukiyo-e, easily recognized by his stylish purple headband.


Japanese, from ukiyo 'fleeting world' + e 'picture'.

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