軍配

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軍配: a samurai using a gunbai uchiwa to signal to his troops.
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Etymology[edit]

Appears to be a Japanese coinage from Sinitic elements, as a compound of (gun, army, military, troops) +‎ (hai, arrangement, positioning). The hai changes to bai due to rendaku (連濁).

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軍配 (hiragana ぐんばい, romaji gunbai)

  1. the act of signaling directions or commands to an armed force
  2. a person issuing such directions
  3. the act of advancing or retreating in response to the situation
  4. the act of changing one's prices in response to the situation: bargaining, haggling
  5. short for 軍配団扇 (​gunbai uchiwa): a lacquered rigid wooden fan used for signaling

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Verb[edit]

軍配 + する (hiragana ぐんばいする, romaji gunbai suru)

  1. to signal directions or commands to an armed force
  2. to advance or retreat in response to the situation
  3. to change one's prices in response to the situation: to bargain, to haggle

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3