Definition of wabi in US English:

wabi

noun

  • (in Japanese art) a quality of austere and serene beauty expressing a mood of spiritual solitude recognized in Zen Buddhist philosophy.

    • ‘The collapse of the ego became a concrete goal and the Japanese theory of wabi - where a tiny hairline fracture can elevate one teacup among a hundred other perfect ones to a state of aesthetic glory - a code to live by.’
    • ‘David Valls told audiences that baroque minimalism was the effect of his collection, but that the Japanese philosophy of wabi sabi lay as the basic inspiration.’
    • ‘Werner and Toma also meditate on the practice of wabi sabi, a Taoist train of thought focused on things imperfect and temporal, yet their music is neither of these things.’
    • ‘The Japanese word wabi means a beautiful work of art with a distinctive flaw that expresses the humanity of its creator.’
    • ‘The chocolates are not inexpensive, but are beautifully made, practically explode with wabi sabi, and are flavored with exotic essences of flowers, spices and rare teas.’

Origin

Japanese, literally ‘solitude’.

Pronunciation

wabi

/ˈwäbē/