少女

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Chinese[edit]

 
young; few; little; lack
female; woman
simp. and trad.
(少女)

Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

少女

  1. young woman; girl

Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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少女 (shōjo): a girl holding a puppy.
Kanji in this term
しょう
Grade: 2
じょ
Grade: 1
on'yomi

From Middle Chinese compound 少女 (*shiɛu *njiǔ). Compare modern Chinese 少女 (shàonǚ).

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Noun[edit]

少女 (hiragana しょうじょ, romaji shōjo, historical hiragana せうぢよ)

  1. a (young, little) girl
  2. (anime, manga) a style of anime and manga made for young women, shojo
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Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
おと
Grade: 2

Grade: 1
kun'yomi

From Old Japanese. Originally a compound of (oto, young, little) +‎ (me, female, girl).[2][1] Compare (otoko, man), originally meaning "young boy".

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Noun[edit]

少女 (hiragana おとめ, romaji otome)

  1. a young woman, adult but unmarried: a maiden
  2. a girl
  3. a female virgin
  4. (mythology) a celestial maiden, a fairy, a nymph
  5. (Shintō) a young woman dancer performing at the 五節 (Gosechi) ceremony in the eleventh lunar month
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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan

Korean[edit]

Hanja in this word

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少女 (sonyeo) (hangeul 소녀)

  1. Hanja form? of 소녀, “girl”.

Vietnamese[edit]

Noun[edit]

thiếu nữ 少女

  1. young woman; girl