양반

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Korean[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • North Korean: 량반 (ryangban)

Etymology[edit]

From pronunciation of 兩班. Literally "both of two groups," 文班 (moonban, civil vassal) and 武班 (mooban, military vassal).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

양반 (yangban) (hanja 兩班)

  1. (historical) civil nobility and military nobility [10th-13th c.]
  2. (historical) yangban class in Korea [from 14th c.]
  3. appellation to call a man
  4. husband

Usage notes[edit]

appellation

Derived terms[edit]

Antonyms[edit]

historical class

  • 상놈 (sangnom, “a vulgar man”)
  • 천민 (cheonmin, “lowest class”)

spouse