便所

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Chinese[edit]

 
advantageous; cheap; ordinary; plain; convenient; handy; easy; then; so; thus; to relieve oneself
actually; place; (nominalisation prefix)
simp. and trad.
(便所)
便

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Japanese 便所 (べんじょ)(benjo).

Pronunciation[edit]


Note: pén-chiò - from Japanese pronunciation.

Noun[edit]

便所

  1. (chiefly Taiwanese Min Nan and Hakka) bathroom, restroom, lavatory, toilet

Synonyms[edit]

Dialectal synonyms of 廁所 (“toilet; restroom; washroom; bathroom”)
Variety Location Words
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 洗手間衛生間盥洗室化妝室化妝間
Mandarin Beijing 廁所茅房
Taiwan 廁所便所
Jinan 茅房茅廁
Xi'an 茅子茅房後頭
Wuhan 茅廁廁所
Chengdu 茅房茅廁廁所
Yangzhou 茅廁廁所
Hefei 茅廁廁所
Cantonese Guangzhou 廁所屎坑
Hong Kong 廁所屎坑
Taishan 廁所屎糞堆屎坑
Yangjiang 糞六糞廁
Gan Nanchang 茅廁廁所
Hakka Meixian 屎窖
Miaoli (N. Sixian) 便所
Liudui (S. Sixian) 便所
Hsinchu (Hailu) 便所
Dongshi (Dabu) 便所
Zhuolan (Raoping) 便所
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 便所
Jin Taiyuan 茅子茅房
Min Bei Jian'ou 屎坑東司
Min Dong Fuzhou 糞坑厝糞坑廁所
Min Nan Xiamen 屎礐礐廁廁所
Quanzhou 屎礐廁所
Zhangzhou 屎礐廁所
Taipei 屎礐
Kaohsiung 屎礐仔
Tainan 屎礐仔
Taichung 屎礐仔便所
Yilan 礐仔
Lukang 屎礐
Sanxia 屎礐
Kinmen 屎礐便所染顏
Magong 屎礐便所
Hsinchu 屎礐仔間便所
Malaysia 染蠻
Singapore 染蠻
Chaozhou 東司
Wu Shanghai 廁所廁所間衛生間馬桶間洗手間小便間盥洗室
Suzhou 屎坑坑棚廁所
Wenzhou 茅坑廁所
Xiang Changsha 茅廁茅廁屋廁屋 suburban
Shuangfeng 茅廁

References[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
便
べん
Grade: 4
しょ > じょ
Grade: 3
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

Literally “place for convenience”.

Noun[edit]

便所 ‎(hiragana べんじょ, romaji benjo)

  1. (dated) bathroom, restroom, lavatory, toilet

Usage notes[edit]

While previously (1970s) this term, or the honorific お便所(o-benjo) was the preferred polite term to refer to a bathroom, it has now been largely replaced with お手洗い(o-tearai, washroom) – or even トイレ(toire, toilet) – and sounds dated if used.

Synonyms[edit]

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Korean[edit]

Hanja in this term
便

Noun[edit]

便所 ‎(byeonso) ‎(hangeul 변소)

  1. Hanja form? of 변소, “bathroom, restroom, lavatory, toilet”.