三下り半

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 1
くだ
Grade: 1
はん
Grade: 2
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Literally "three and a half lines". During the Edo period, a husband could divorce his wife by writing a formalized note consisting of three fixed lines of text.

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Noun[edit]

三下り半 (hiragana みくだりはん, romaji mikudarihan)

  1. a letter of divorce given from a husband to a wife
  2. divorce

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