北面

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Chinese[edit]

north
 
face; side; surface; aspect; top
simp. and trad.
(北面)

Etymology[edit]

According to ancient convention, the most important person in a room would be seated on the north side facing south. All subordinates would therefore be facing north, in deference to the most important person (such as the emperor).

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Noun[edit]

北面

  1. (Elementary Mandarin) north; north side
  2. (literary) official in feudal court

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Verb[edit]

北面

  1. (literary) to face north (in deference to the emperor or one's superior)
  2. (literary, of an apprentice) to follow a master