万歳

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
ばん
Grade: 2
せい > ぜい
Grade: S
on'yomi

Japanese simplified form (shinjitai, 新字体) of the chinese originated word, 萬歲 (wànsuì) in kyūjitai (旧字体). To be compared to chinese simplified version: 万岁.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

万歳 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 萬歲, hiragana ばんぜい, romaji banzei)

  1. an extremely long period of time
  2. long life and glory
  3. an expression of celebration
  4. death

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
ばん
Grade: 2
さい > ざい
Grade: S
on'yomi

Common reading of banzei.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

万歳 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 萬歲, hiragana ばんざい, romaji banzai)

  1. an extremely long period of time
  2. an expression of celebration
  3. (from raising ones hands three times in cheer) raising ones hands
  4. (from raising ones hands in defeat) business troubles, bankruptcy

Etymology 3[edit]

Kanji in this term
まん
Grade: 2
さい > ざい
Grade: S
on'yomi

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

万歳 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 萬歲, hiragana まんざい, romaji manzai)

  1. an extremely long period of time
  2. song and dance to celebrate a new year
  3. a song sung to celebrate a new year
  4. an expression of celebration