Meaning of monogatari in English:


(also monogatori)

Pronunciation /ˌmɒnə(ʊ)ɡaˈtɑːri/ /ˌmɒnə(ʊ)ɡəˈtɑːri/


  • In Japan: a tale, story, or narrative; especially a legend, a romance.

    Monogatari as a literary genre flourished between the 9th and 14th centuries in Japan; in modern use, the term refers to stories modelled on the Japanese narrative tradition rather than the Western novel.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in William Griffis (1843–1928). From Japanese monogatari tale from mono thing, object, affair + -gatari, combining form of katari, nominalized stem of kataru to talk (about), tell, narrate, recite (probably from kata shape, form).