お兄さん

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
にい
Grade: 2
kun’yomi

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(にい)さん (onii-san

  1. (honorific) elder brother
    あなたは(にい)さんがいますか。
    Anata wa onii-san ga imasuka.
    Do you have any elder brothers?
  2. you, he, him (a non-aged male stranger)
    (にい)さんはどこからきましたか。
    Onii-san wa doko kara kimashitaka.
    Where are you from?

Usage notes[edit]

  • お兄さん is a polite word, mostly used in a talking about a person's elder brother.

Japanese people tend to use (ani) when referring to their own elder brother. Japanese children tend to use お兄ちゃん (onii-chan) or 兄ちゃん (nii-chan) when referring to their elder brother.

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