乙女

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
おと
Grade: S

Grade: 1
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

/woto2me1/ invalid IPA characters (21): [wotwome][wotome]/otome/

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), (hime).

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Noun[edit]

乙女 (hiragana おとめ, rōmaji otome, historical hiragana をとめ)

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

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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 4-385-13905-9