傾城

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
けい
Grade: S
せい
Grade: 6
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

See the Mandarin section.

Noun[edit]

傾城 (hiragana けいせい, romaji keisei)

  1. (idiomatic) a very beautiful woman (Compare the English term femme fatale.)
    傾城 (けいせい)美人 (びじん)
    keisei no bijin
    a castle-toppling beauty
  2. (idiomatic) a courtesan

Synonyms[edit]

References[edit]

  • Kōjien, 5th edition, Iwanami Shoten Publishing, Tōkyō.

Mandarin[edit]

simpl. 倾城
trad.

Etymology[edit]

Noun[edit]

傾城 (traditional, Pinyin qīngchéng, simplified 倾城)

  1. (archaic) a drop-dead gorgeous woman; a beauty who could drive a man to such distraction; a woman so beautiful, that he might be tempted to ignore his duties at court, and thus bring about the downfall of his empire

Usage notes[edit]

The story encapsulated by this word also figures prominently in the movie House of Flying Daggers.

Related terms[edit]