inro definition

  • noun:
    • a little, usually ornamented box which hung through the waistline sash of a Japanese kimono and has now compartments for keeping small objects such as for example cosmetics, perfumes, or drugs.
    • a tiny attractive package, hung from the sash of a kimono, for holding small items
    • a tiny closed receptacle or group of receptacles of tough material, as lacquered lumber, metal, bronze, or ivory, utilized by the Japanese to keep medications, perfumes, and the like, and transported into the girdle. Most commonly it is guaranteed by a silk cable where the user may grasp it, which cord passes through an ornamental button or knob labeled as a netsuke.
    • A small ornamental nest of boxes of lacquer-ware, ivory, etc., held by Japanese at girdle, and always contain the seal (hence the name), drugs, perfumes, or even the love.

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