genkan

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Japanese 玄関 (げんかん genkan), from Middle Chinese 玄關 (hwen-kwæn "entrance to Buddhist knowledge", by metaphor "front door') (compare Mandarin xuánguān 玄关), from Old Chinese (*ɢʷˁin "dark", "profound") + (*kˁron "barrier", "gate").

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

genkan (plural genkans or genkan)

  1. The entryway to a Japanese house, where street shoes are removed and houseshoes put on before entering the house, and house shoes removed and street shoes put on before leaving the house

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

genkan

  1. rōmaji reading of げんかん