奉公

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
ほう
Grade: S
こう
Grade: 2
on'yomi

Noun[edit]

奉公 (hiragana ほうこう, romaji hōkō)

  1. service to a master
  2. apprenticeship
  3. public duty, service to one's country, etc.

Verb[edit]

奉公 + する (hiragana ほうこうする, romaji hōkō suru)

  1. serve a master
    • 1928, 林芙美子, 放浪記(初出):
      十五位 (じゅうごい) (とき)だったかしら、 (わたし)はトルコ (じん)楽器屋 (がっきや)奉公 (ほうこう)していたのを (おも) ()した。
      jūgo-i no toki datta kashira, watashi wa toruko-jin no gakkiya ni hōkō shiteita no o omoidashita.
      That reminds me of when I was fifteen and I worked for a Turkish music shop owner.
  2. apprentice
  3. serve the public, one's country, etc.

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