Definition of inro in English:

inro

noun

  • An ornamental box with compartments for items such as seals and medicines, worn suspended from a girdle as part of traditional Japanese dress.

    • ‘Wearing inro and netsuke became a part of the past for the upper classes and samurai.’
    • ‘These ornaments were originally made to provide a way to secure tobacco cases, purses, or inro (medicine containers), which fashionable Japanese men suspended on silk cords at their waists starting about 1700.’
    • ‘But the emphasis of his artistic and artisan production was on painted screens and on all kinds of lacquerware utensils - inro, boxes, cups, panels and screens.’
    • ‘Metalwork and sword fittings are also displayed alongside examples of inro, which is a sectional case or box worn suspended from the obi by a cord on which the netsuke serves as a toggle.’
    • ‘It was fastened by a sash and personal items were carried in small containers known as inro, which hung from the sash, secured by toggles - netsuke.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Japanese inrō, from in ‘seal’ + rō ‘basket’.

Pronunciation

inro

/ˈɪnrəʊ/