吉士

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Chinese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

phonetic
simp. and trad.
(吉士)

Borrowed from English cheese.

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

吉士

  1. (Mainland China) cheese
Synonyms[edit]
Dialectal synonyms of 奶酪 (“cheese”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 奶酪
Mandarin Beijing 奶酪乳酪
Taiwan 起司奶酪乳酪乾酪起士
Tianjin 奶酪
Malaysia 起司芝士
Singapore 起司芝士
Cantonese Guangzhou 芝士
Hong Kong 芝士
Kuala Lumpur 芝士
Hakka Miaoli (N. Sixian) 起士
Liudui (S. Sixian) 起士
Hsinchu (Hailu) 起士
Dongshi (Dabu) 起士
Zhuolan (Raoping) 起士
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 起士
Min Nan Xiamen 奶酪乳酪鹹牛奶
Taipei 奶酪乾酪刺乳鹹牛奶
Wu Shanghai 起司

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from English guts.

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

吉士

  1. (Hong Kong Cantonese, slang) guts; courage

Etymology 3[edit]

Borrowed from English custard, via Cantonese.

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

吉士

  1. (Cantonese) Alternative name for 吉士打 (“custard”).
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 4[edit]

lucky; Jilin Province (abbrev.) scholar; warrior; knight
simp. and trad.
(吉士)

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

吉士

  1. (literary) virtuous person
  2. (literary, laudatory) man
  3. (Ming and Qing dynasties) Short for 庶吉士.