花魁

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Chinese[edit]

 
flower; blossom; to spend (money, time); fancy pattern
chief; head
simp. and trad.
(花魁)

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

花魁

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 1 Jinmeiyō

Etymology[edit]

A contraction of oira and the possessive marker no: oira no → oira n → oiran. Young assistants used to call their elder courtesans oira no, an ellipse for oira no neesan. The kanji are ateji.

Noun[edit]

花魁 (hiragana おいらん, romaji oiran)

  1. (archaic, slang) courtesan, prostitute, oiran