gagaku

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Japanese 雅楽 (ががく gagaku), from Middle Chinese 雅樂 (ngǽ-ngæwk "ancient ceremonial music") (compare Mandarin yǎyuè 雅乐, Cantonese ngaa5-ngok6 雅樂), from Old Chinese 雅樂 (*ŋˁraʔ-ŋˁrawk "courtly, ceremonial music"), from ("elegant", "refined") + ("music").

Noun[edit]

gagaku (uncountable)

  1. the ancient court ritual music of Japan, of Chinese and Korean origin

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

gagaku

  1. rōmaji reading of ががく