天王

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
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Noun[edit]

天王 (hiragana てんのう, romaji tennō)

  1. (Buddhism) heavenly king

Mandarin[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin tiānwáng
Zhuyin ㄊㄧㄢ ㄨㄤˊ
IPA (key) /tʰi̯ɛn⁵⁵ u̯ɑŋ³⁵/

Noun[edit]

天王 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin tiānwáng)

  1. (archaic) the son of heaven; the emperor

Usage notes[edit]

This term originally gained popularity during the Spring and Autumn Period in reference to the Zhou kings. Later on, the term 天子 gradually gained more favor.