Definition of ikebana in US English:



  • The art of Japanese flower arrangement, with formal display according to strict rules.

    • ‘Koizumi wants to reform the impossibly cliquey Liberal Democratic Party, long ruled by smug dotards who have turned political nest-feathering into a national art-form to rival ikebana and origami.’
    • ‘Still, like other Japanese traditions, such as serving tea or ikebana, the art of arranging flowers (both take 20-25 years to receive a certificate of mastery), Japanese rope bondage is an art to be mastered.’
    • ‘I feel this ‘trouble’ makes my research no less interesting than futsu research into ikebana (flower arrangement) and the ie (household).’
    • ‘Practitioners of ikebana (flower arranging) and chanoyu (tea ceremony) have for centuries created an enormous demand and appreciation for ceramics.’
    • ‘This interplay of mu and ma are central to the transcendental approach identified by Schrader, and reinforces the traditional Japanese ethos where, like the Japanese art of ikebana, space is central to meaning.’


Japanese, literally ‘living flowers’, from ikeru ‘keep alive’ + hana ‘flower’.