Meaning of washi in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwɒʃi/


mass noun
  • Decorative paper of a kind traditionally handmade in Japan.

    ‘a small kite made of bamboo and washi’
    • ‘richly designed washi paper’
    • ‘Thin, yet strong, washi is used to make all kinds of Japanese household items, including sliding doors, fans, and lamps.’
    • ‘The only current study of washi, it provides a compelling overview, explaining its history as well as the techniques and decorative motifs involved.’
    • ‘His handwriting is beautiful, the washi stationery is amazing, and his continued gratitude for our friendship warms my heart.’
    • ‘Tanizaki holds a similar affection for washi, which makes everything a bit softer and shadowy-looking when light streams through it.’
    • ‘Adorn a papier mache ornament with two coordinating washi patterns, topped with a craft-store monogram.’
    • ‘Add washi to place cards or wrap it around napkin rings.’
    • ‘Washi can be applied to walls, molding, bookcases and other furniture - then just as easily peeled away, leaving no residue.’
    • ‘She says washi adheres especially well to metals, so you can decorate lockers, blinds and furniture.’
    • ‘I've already used regular washi to save an old (and hideous) shoe storage unit and now it's so much cheerier.’
    • ‘Though tissue-like in appearance, washi is reasonably tough, making its long production time worth the wait.’
    • ‘Thus, for the first time, they were able to create a washi lampshade with a white, reflective inner surface and a colored outer surface.’


Japanese, from wa ‘of Japan’ + shi ‘paper’.