臣民

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Chinese[edit]

 
statesman; vassal; courtier; minister; official
the people; nationality; citizen
simp. and trad.
(臣民)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

臣民

  1. (literary) the ministers and subjects of a feudal ruler

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
しん
Grade: 4
みん
Grade: 4
on'yomi

Noun[edit]

臣民 (hiragana しんみん, romaji shinmin)

  1. a subject (citizen in a monarchy or empire)

Usage notes[edit]

In the context of Japan, this term was used in Meiji era to refer to the citizens of Japan, who were at that time considered subjects of the emperor.