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Definition of "tatami" [tatami]

  • Straw matting used as a floor covering especially in a Japanese house. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tatami" in a sentence
  • "Japan, of course, uses that oh-so-traditional unit of measurement known as the tatami mat, and the size of a room is always expressed in how many tatami would fit inside, even if it's a traditional Western room with wooden flooring."
  • "In one cell, a gray plastic tarp protects the straw "tatami" mat floor from bed-wetting."
  • "Students in the class can learn from real geisha how to put on kimono and make-up as well as how to dance on '' tatami '' mats at the Japanese-style inn Tokaikan during a single-day course for 12,800 yen or a two-day course for 18,800 yen."
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