Meaning of kakemono in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkɑːkɪˈməʊnəʊ/

nounplural noun kakemonos

  • A Japanese unframed painting made on paper or silk and displayed as a wall hanging.

    ‘Rainbows and reptiles at the same time, the compositions rub against each other like kakemonos in a stormy wind.’
    • ‘Two kakemono hung in the library of the Ho-o-den, and one hung in Silsbee's dining room.’
    • ‘The same is true with his collection of kakemono, which are hung, along with other pictures, in some sort of rotation.’
    • ‘A kakemono is intended to be displayed vertically as part of the interior decoration of a room.’
    • ‘On awakening he found the figure on the kakemono seemed to be alive.’


Late 19th century Japanese, from kake- ‘hang, suspend’ + mono ‘thing’.