二十歳

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 1 Grade: 1 Grade: S

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Japanese はたち (twenty items).

Noun[edit]

二十歳 (hiragana はたち, rōmaji hatachi)

  1. twenty years old

Usage notes[edit]

Twenty is the age of majority in Japan.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Sino-Japanese 二十 nijū (twenty) and sai (years old).

Noun[edit]

二十歳 (hiragana にじゅっさい, rōmaji nijussai)

  1. twenty years old

Usage notes[edit]

Jōyō kanji recognized only じゅう and じっ as readings of until 2010, even though the latter is actually pronounced じゅっ today and NHK accepted it already in 1966.

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