北面

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ pei˨˩miɛn˥˩ ]

Etymology 1[edit]

(north) + (side)

Noun[edit]

北面 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin běimiàn)

  1. (Elementary Mandarin) north; north side

Etymology 2[edit]

According to ancient convention, the most important person in a room would be seated on the north side facing south. All subordinates would therefore be facing north, in deference to the most important person (such as the emperor).

Verb[edit]

北面 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin běimiàn)

  1. (archaic) to face north (in deference to the emperor or one's superior)