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Inro \In"ro\, n. [Jap. inr[=o]; in seal + r[=o] box.] A small closed receptacle or set of receptacles of hard material, as lacquered wood, iron, bronze, or ivory, used by the Japanese to hold medicines, perfumes, and the like, and carried in the girdle. It is usually secured by a silk cord by which the wearer may grasp it, which cord passes through an ornamental button or knob called a netsuke.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1610s, from Japanese, from Chinese yin "seal" + lung "basket."


n. a small decorative box, hung from the sash of a kimono, for holding small objects


An is a traditional Japanese case for holding small objects, suspended from the obi.

Usage examples of "inro".

A5 he slipped the telephone inro his shirt pocket, he saw that Major Gen- eral H.

In the moment that she jumped the couch she had heard the snick of the bolt driving a round inro the barrel chamber as Mesquita pressed the release stud.