乙女

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Chinese[edit]

2nd heavenly stem female; woman; daughter
simp. and trad.
(乙女)

Etymology[edit]

Orthographic borrowing from Japanese 乙女 (otome).

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Noun[edit]

乙女

  1. (neologism, slang, ACG) maiden; virgin; pure girl

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
おと
Grade: S

Grade: 1
kun’yomi

Etymology[edit]

⟨woto2me1/wotome//otome/

From Old Japanese. Found in the Man'yōshū, completed some time after 759 CE.

Compound of おと (oto, cognate with Old Japanese verb 復つ otsu, “to become young”) +‎ (me, girl, female).[1][2] Contrasts with (otoko, man, original meaning of “boy”).[1][2] See also (musume, daughter), (hime, princess).

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Noun[edit]

乙女(おとめ) (otome (historical kana をとめ)

  1. daughter
  2. virgin, maiden
  3. little girl, young lady
    (いのち)(みじか)し、(こい)せよ(おと)()
    inochi mijikashi, koiseyo otome
    Life is short; fall in love, young woman.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 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