ご馳走様でした

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Jinmeiyō
そう
Grade: 2
さま
Grade: 3
jūbakoyomi

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally “it was a feast”.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Tokyo) そうさまで [gòchísóósámá déshítá] (Heiban - [0])
  • IPA(key): [ɡo̞t͡ɕi̥so̞ːsa̠ma̠ de̞ɕi̥ta̠]

Phrase[edit]

馳走でした (hiragana ごちそうさまでした, rōmaji go-chisō-sama deshita)

  1. it was delicious

Usage notes[edit]

  • It is a stock phrase required by the Japanese etiquette after ending a meal.
  • At the start of a meal, Japanese speakers say  (いただ)きます (itadakimasu).