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Character  や 
Unicode name HIRAGANA LETTER YA
Unicode block Hiragana
Codepoint U+3084

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
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Etymology 1[edit]

Derived in the Heian period from writing the man'yōgana kanji in the cursive sōsho style.

Pronunciation[edit]

Syllable[edit]

(Hepburn romanization ya)

  1. The hiragana syllable (ya), whose equivalent in katakana is (ya). It is the thirty-sixth syllable of the gojūon order, and its position in gojūon tables is (YA-gyō, A-dan; “row YA, section A”).
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Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Particle[edit]

(romaji ya)

  1. and
    Used to conjoin nouns, や (ya) implies that the list is not limited to the nouns named. Contrast with (to), the other particle typically used to conjoin nouns, which implies that the list is limited to the stated nouns.

Etymology 3[edit]

Particle[edit]

(romaji ya)

  1. (Kansai) is, are
    Variation on the Japanese copula だ (da), associated with Kansai dialect, particularly Ōsaka. The use of や (ya) is common in fictional dialogue attributed to characters from Ōsaka.

Etymology 4[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(romaji ya)

  1. : arrow

Etymology 5[edit]

Noun[edit]

(romaji ya)

  1. : shop, store

Suffix[edit]

(romaji ya)

  1. : shop, person who does or sells that thing
  2. : house