天王

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Chinese[edit]

day; sky; heaven king; Wang (proper name)
simp. and trad.
(天王)

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

天王

  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.


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 due to renjō (連声).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

天王 ‎(hiragana てんのう, romaji 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