Meaning of ukiyo-e in English:


Pronunciation /uːˌkiːjəʊˈeɪ/


mass noun
  • A school of Japanese art depicting subjects from everyday life, dominant in the 17th–19th centuries.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Kunichika was one of the old-style artists of ukiyo-e towards the end of the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘And they are written for the beginners to the subject of ukiyo-e and for experts alike.’


Japanese, from ukiyo ‘fleeting world’ + e ‘picture’.