sempai

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Japanese 先輩 (せんぱい senpai), from Middle Chinese (sen "first", "former") + (bìj "generation").

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

sempai (plural sempais)

  1. Senior member of a group in Japanese arts; mentor.

Usage notes[edit]

Use in English may carry humorous or affectionate connotations. This is possibly due to (assumed) reference to modern Japanese media, or possibly a lexical gap.

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