ズボン

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French jupon ‎(petticoat, underskirt),[1][2][3] from French jupe ‎(skirt), from old Italian jupa, from Arabic جُوبَّة ‎(jūbba, long garment).

Note that the meaning has changed from “underskirt” to “trousers/pants”, and the second consonant has changed from /p/ to /b/, possibly influenced by native Japanese onomatopoeia ずぼん ‎(zubon), describing the action of something sliding, as when one puts on or takes off trousers.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ズボン ‎(romaji zubon)

  1. trousers (UK), pants (AUS, Canada, US), strides (AUS)
    Generally refers specifically to mens' trousers.

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3