Meaning of bokeh in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbəʊkeɪ/


mass nounPhotography
  • The visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens.

    ‘a quick, visual survey of the foreground and background bokeh of a variety of lenses’
    • ‘It is easily light enough for a handheld supertelephoto lens, but what would the bokeh be like?’
    • ‘Many buy this lens to escape the often poor bokeh of the Vega, but is it really better?’
    • ‘Some folks feel the best bokeh has an undefined, blurred edge.’
    • ‘For me, the 85 Prime's bokeh just feels easier on the eyes.’


1990s from Japanese boke, apparently shortened from pinboke ‘state of being out of focus’, from bokeru ‘become befuddled’.