お兄さん

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
にい
Grade: 2
kun'yomi

Noun[edit]

お兄さん (hiragana おにいさん, romaji onīsan)

  1. elder brother
    あなたは (にい)さんがいますか。
    Anata wa onīsan ga imasuka.
    Do you have any elder brothers?
  2. you, he, him (a non-aged male stranger)
     (にい)さんはどこからきましたか。
    Onīsan wa doko kara kimashitaka.
    Where are you from?

Usage notes[edit]

  • お兄さん is a polite word, mostly used in a talking about a person's elder brother.

Japanese people tend to use (ani) when referring to their own elder brother. Japanese children tend to use お兄ちゃん (onīchan) or 兄ちゃん (nīchan) when referring to their elder brother.

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