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Translingual[edit]

Stroke order
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Alternative forms[edit]

Han character[edit]

(radical 9 +3, 5 strokes, cangjie input 人山 (OU), four-corner 22270, composition)

  1. ascend, ascended, ascending, transcend, transcended, transcending, transcendent, transcendence
  2. a sage, an enlightened person
  3. a Taoist hermit or super-being
  4. a Buddhist deva, a immortal spirit or a fairy

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 92, character 13
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 374
  • Dae Jaweon: page 196, character 3
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 1, page 114, character 3
  • Unihan data for U+4ED9

Chinese[edit]

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simp. and trad.

Pronunciation[edit]


Middle Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Character (仙), Pronunciation 1/1

Initial: 心 (16)
Final: 仙
Division: III

Openness: Open
Tone: Level (Ø)

Fanqie: 相然切
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
Bernard
Karlgren
Li
Rong
Pan
Wuyun
Edwin
Pulleyblank
Wang
Li
Shao
Rongfen
/siᴇn/ /si̯ɛn/ /siɛn/ /siɛn/ /sian/ /sĭɛn/ /sjæn/
Old Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Baxter-Sagart system 1.1 (2014)
Character Modern Beijing
(Pinyin)
Middle Chinese Old Chinese English
xiān ‹ sjen › /*[s]a[r]/ immortal (n.)

Notes for Old Chinese notations in the Baxter-Sagart system:

  • Parentheses "()" indicate uncertain presence;
  • Square brackets "[]" indicate uncertain identity, e.g. *[t] as coda may in fact be *-t or *-p;
  • Angle brackets "<>" indicate infix;
  • Hyphen "-" indicates morpheme boundary;
  • Period "." indicates syllable boundary.
Zhengzhang system (2003)
Character No. Phonetic
component
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
Corresponding
MC rime
Old Chinese Notes
11060 2 /*sen/

Noun[edit]

  1. A xian, a Taoist immortal; a fairy; a celestial being

Synonyms[edit]

Compounds[edit]

  • 仙女 (female sage)
  • 仙人 (sage)
  • 仙桃 (xiāntáo, Peaches of Immortality)

Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(common “Jōyō” kanji)

Readings[edit]

Compounds[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
せん
Grade: S
on'yomi

From Middle Chinese (sjen, literally immortal). Compare modern Mandarin reading xiān and Cantonese reading sin1.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(hiragana せん, romaji sen)

  1. a sage or hermit, an enlightened person, usually immortal and ageless
  2. (mythology) short for 仙人 (sennin): a wizard or mage; an immortal living as a hermit in the mountains
  3. by extension, the region or area where a sennin lives
  4. the supernatural techniques for becoming immortal and ageless
  5. a person of exceptional talent

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
せんと
Grade: S
Irregular

Borrowing from English cent.[1][2] The kanji spelling is an example of jukujikun.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(katakana セント, hiragana せんと, romaji sento)

  1. one one-hundredth of a dollar: a cent
Usage notes[edit]

This word is almost always spelled in katakana as セント.

References[edit]

  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 4-385-13905-9

Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(seon) (hangeul , revised seon, McCune-Reischauer sŏn)

  1. This term needs a translation to English. Please help out and add a translation, then remove the text {{rfdef}}.

Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(tiên)

Noun[edit]

  1. fairy