御宇

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

From to rule; to govern + everything under the heavens

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin yùyǔ
Zhuyin ㄩˋ ㄩˇ
IPA (key) /y⁵¹ y²¹⁴⁻²¹⁽⁴⁾/

Verb[edit]

御宇 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin yùyǔ)

  1. (archaic) to rule over an empire; to sit on the throne
  1. ^ A reference to the Emperor Xuanzong of Tang, whose relationship to Yang Guifei brought to mind the Emperor Wu of Han's relationship to his concubine, Consort Li. Bai Juyi would have considered it unpoetic to refer to his subject directly.