天王

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Chinese[edit]

day; sky; heaven king; Wang (proper name)
simp. and trad.
(天王)
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天王 (Written Standard Chinese?)
Tian Wang (English)

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

天王

  1. (chiefly historical) the son of heaven; emperor
  2. (historical) Heavenly King (title for Hong Xiuquan, the head of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom)
  3. Name for deities in the Chinese folk religion or some religions.
  4. one who is extraordinary or excellent; king; master; superstar; idol

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 (tiānzǐ) gradually gained more favor.

Derived terms[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Kanji in this term
てん
Grade: 1
おう > のう
Grade: 1
on’yomi

The ō reading for changes to as an instance of renjō (連声).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

天王 (hiragana てんのう, rōmaji tennō, historical hiragana てんわう)

  1. (Buddhism) heavenly king

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3