最初

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
さい
Grade: 4
しょ
Grade: 4
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

(sai-, most) +‎ (sho, new, first)

Adverb[edit]

最初 (hiragana さいしょ, romaji saisho)

  1. firstly

Noun[edit]

最初 (hiragana さいしょ, romaji saisho)

  1. first, the beginning, the start
    • 1912, 夏目漱石, 行人:
      自分 (じぶん)最初 (さいしょ)その横顔 (よこがお) () (とき)、これが病人 (びょうにん) (かお)だろうかと (うたが)った。
      jibun wa saisho sono yokogao o mita toki, kore ga byōnin no kao darō ka to utagatta.
      When I first saw the face in profile, I suspected that it might be the face of a sick person.
    • 1914, 島田清次郎, 若芽:
      これが (わか)文士 (ぶんし) (ちち) ()ての最初 (さいしょ)言葉 (ことば)であつた。
      kore ga wakai bunshi ga chichi o mite no saisho no kotoba de atsuta.
      These were the first words that the man of letters uttered upon seeing his father.
    • 1914, 夏目漱石, こころ:
       (かれ)自白 (じはく)最初 (さいしょ)から最後 (さいご)まで (おな)調子 (ちょうし) (つらぬ)いていました。
      kare no jihaku wa saisho kara saigo made onaji chōshi de tsuranuite imashita.
      He stuck to the same tone in his confession from beginning to end.

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Korean[edit]

Hanja in this word

Noun[edit]

最初 (choecho) (hangeul 최초)

  1. Hanja form? of 최초, “the first”.

Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

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Adjective[edit]

最初 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin zuìchū)

  1. (Beginning Mandarin) initial, first