耽美

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Chinese[edit]

indulge; delay America; beautiful
simp. and trad.
(耽美)

Etymology[edit]

  • From ("covet, enjoy") + ("beauty"). Originally coined in Japanese as a translation of "aestheticism" (equivalent Chinese term: 唯美主义)[1], and was applied in the description of BL-themed comics since the 1970s which at the time were mostly aesthetic and romantic. The latter meaning was later reintroduced into Chinese (as 和製漢語).

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Noun[edit]

耽美

  1. Love between men or boys, especially as a literary genre

Usage notes[edit]

  • This term is often referred to in Chinese texts as boys' love or BOYS LOVE, or simply abbreviated as BL.

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References[edit]

  • "耽美" (in Mandarin), Baidu on-line encyclopedia. URL accessed on 2010-05-28.