愛人

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Chinese[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

愛人

  1. (PRC) spouse, husband or wife
  2. sweetheart, lover

Usage notes[edit]

In China mainland, 情人 (qíngrén, lover) usually refers to a partner in an extramarital relationship except in 情人节 (qíngrénjié, Valentine's Day). For a person who loves, 愛人 (àirén, lover) is popular among elder people, while 恋人 (liànrén, lover) is popular among young people.


Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
あい
Grade: 4
じん
Grade: 1
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Chinese in the late 1800s as a translation of English terms sweetheart or lover. Compare modern Chinese 愛人 (àiren).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

愛人 (hiragana あいじん, romaji aijin)

  1. a lover, a mistress
    Implies an extramarital relationship. Most often used by a man in reference to a woman.
  2. (archaic) a sweetheart, a loved one

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • Yoshida, Masatoshi et.al. Kodansha's Romanized Japanese-English Dictionary. Tokyo: Kodansha International (JPN), 1993. ISBN 4770016034.

Korean[edit]

Hanja in this word

Noun[edit]

愛人 (aein) (hangeul 애인)

  1. Hanja form? of 애인, “lover”.