Appendix:English terms of Korean origin

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Words of Korean origin have entered other languages, including English.

Words that appear in at least some English dictionaries[edit]

bulgogi 
from 불고기, thin strips of marinated beef
chaebol 
from 재벌, family-controlled conglomerate facilitated by government credit
gook 
Possibly from han-guk (한국) meaning Korea or miguk (미국) meaning United States. Offensive term for an East Asian possibly originated by US soldiers during the Korean War.
hapkido 
from 합기도, a modern martial art
kimchi 
from 김치, spicy vegetable dish, usually cabbage or radish fermented with chili and salt. The phrase "in deep kimchi" is sometimes used to describe a person in a perilous situation.
kisaeng 
from 기생, female Korean entertainers
Korea 
from Goryeo (고려, 高麗), a historic dynasty of Korea
sijo 
from 시조, a Korean style of lyrical poetry
taekwondo 
from 태권도, a globally-popular sport and martial art

Words that do not appear in dictionaries but may be well known[edit]

bibimbap 
from 비빔밥, white rice mixed with vegetables, beef, and chili paste
chobo 
from 초보, a novice, especially in Internet gaming
gosu 
from 고수, a person with great skill, especially in Internet gaming
hantavirus 
from 한탄, the Hantan River
Hyundai 
from 현대, Korean company, the name of which also means "modern"
kalbi 
from 갈비, barbecued marinated beef ribs
Samsung 
from 삼성, Korean conglomerate
soju 
from 소주, Korean liquor