아주머니

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in the Yongbi eocheonga (龍飛御天歌 / 용비어천가), 1447, as 아ᄌᆞ미 (Yale: acomi).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /a̠d͡ʑumʌ̹ni/
  • Phonetic hangul: 아주머니

Noun[edit]

아주머니 (ajumeoni)

  1. a woman of one's parents' age
  2. (by a man) the wife of an older man
  3. ma'am, madam

Coordinate terms[edit]

  • 아줌마 (ajumma, “lady”) (familiar/disrespectful)
  • 아저씨 (ajeossi, “older man”)

Usage notes[edit]

Highly respectful when used appropriately.