二枚目

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Etymology[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 1
まい
Grade: 6

Grade: 1
goon kun’yomi

The literal sense is a compound of (ni, two) +‎ (mai, counter for flat things) +‎ (me, ordinal marker), literally “second sheet, second flat thing”. The idiomatic usage arose from a convention during the Edo Period wherein a kabuki play's handsome character would be listed second on signboards.[1][2]

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二枚目 (hiragana にまいめ, rōmaji nimaime)

  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see ,‎ ,‎ . (the second sheet or other flat thing)
  2. a handsome male character, especially one that gets involved in a romance during the story
  3. (by extension) a handsome man, a male love interest

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  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN