成語

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
せい
Grade: 4

Grade: 2
on'yomi

Noun[edit]

成語 (hiragana せいご, romaji seigo)

  1. set phrase

Mandarin[edit]

simpl. 成语
trad.

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin chéngyǔ
Zhuyin ㄔㄥˊ ㄩˇ
IPA (key) /ʈ͡ʂʰɤŋ³⁵ y²¹⁴⁻²¹⁽⁴⁾/

Noun[edit]

成語 (traditional, Pinyin chéngyǔ, classifier ///, simplified 成语)

  1. Chengyu, a certain kind of Chinese set phrase originating in Classical Chinese, typically four or five characters in length.
    喜歡成語畫蛇添足」。
    wò zuì xǐhuān de chéngyǔ shì huàshétiānzú
    My favourite chengyu is huàshétiānzú.
  2. Any idiomatic expression.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Although often translated as idiom, in fact 成語 chéngyǔ refers to a specific kind of idiomatic expression in Chinese (see Chengyu). Other kinds of idiom types include 俗語 súyǔ, 諺語 yànyǔ and 歇後語 xiēhòuyǔ.