奴婢

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Chinese[edit]

slave slave girl; maid servant
simp. and trad.
(奴婢)

Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

奴婢

  1. (literary, archaic) servants and maid-servants (as a combined category)
  2. (literary, archaic) I; your humble servant (term of self-address used by servants, maid-servants and eunuchs when addressing the emperor, ministers, concubines, etc.)

Usage notes[edit]

The sense servants and maid-servants is an example of a 合稱合称 (héchēng) in Chinese; the sense term of self-address is an example of a 自稱自称 (zìchēng).

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