from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, usually ornamented box that is hung from the waist sash of a Japanese kimono and has compartments for holding small objects such as cosmetics, perfumes, or medicines.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a small decorative box, hung from the sash of a kimono, for holding small objects
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small ornamental nest of boxes of lacquer-ware, ivory, etc., carried by Japanese at the girdle, and used to hold the seal (hence the name), medicines, perfumes, or the like.
Japanese inrō : in, stamp, seal (from Middle Chinese ʔin) + -rō, seclusion, case (from Middle Chinese ləwŋ).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 印籠 (inrō). (Wiktionary)