万歳

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See also: 萬歲 and 万岁

Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
ばん
Grade: 2
せい > ぜい
Grade: S
on’yomi

Japanese simplified form (shinjitai, 新字体) of the Chinese originated word, 萬歲 (wànsuì) in kyūjitai (旧字体). Compare with simplified Chinese 万岁.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

万歳 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 萬歲, hiragana ばんぜい, rōmaji banzei)

  1. an extremely long period of time
  2. long life and glory
  3. an expression of celebration
  4. death

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
ばん
Grade: 2
さい > ざい
Grade: S
on’yomi

Common reading of banzei.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

万歳 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 萬歲, hiragana ばんざい, rōmaji banzai)

  1. an extremely long period of time
  2. an expression of celebration
  3. (from raising ones hands three times in cheer) raising ones hands
  4. (from raising ones hands in defeat) business troubles, bankruptcy

Etymology 3[edit]

Kanji in this term
まん
Grade: 2
さい > ざい
Grade: S
on’yomi

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

万歳 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 萬歲, hiragana まんざい, rōmaji manzai)

  1. an extremely long period of time
  2. song and dance to celebrate a new year
  3. a song sung to celebrate a new year
  4. an expression of celebration