姉妹

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See also: 姊妹 and 姐妹

Japanese[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 2
まい
Grade: 2
goon

From (shi, elder sister) +‎ (mai, younger sister), from Chinese 姊妹.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

姉妹 (hiragana しまい, rōmaji shimai)

  1. (collective) sisters
    • 1999 August 26, “ヂェミナイ・エルフ [Jemini Elves]”, in BOOSTER 4, Konami:
       (こう) () (こう) (げき) () ()けてくる、エルフの (ふた) () () (まい)
      Kōgo ni kōgeki o shikaketekuru, erufu no futago shimai.
      Elvish twin sisters who attack simultaneously.
    • 2016 July 22, “あくこえ、ブリセラ [Brisela, Voice of Nightmares]”, in 異界月 [Eldritch Moon], Wizards of the Coast:
       () (まい)のなれの ()てを ()ったシガルダは、ただ (むせ) ()くことしかできなかった。
      Shimai no narenohate o shitta Shigaruda wa, tada musebinaku koto shika dekinakatta.
      Upon discovering what had become of her sisters, Sigarda could only weep.
  2. (attributive, business) the status of being a sister
     () (まい) ()
    shimaishi
    sister magazine

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 2 Grade: 2
Irregular

Jukujikun (熟字訓).

Noun[edit]

姉妹 (hiragana きょうだい, rōmaji kyōdai, historical hiragana きやうだい)

  1. (rare) Alternative spelling of 兄弟 (siblings, literally brothers) (sisters)
Usage notes[edit]

Generally used to specifically refer to an elder sister and a younger sister, while utilizing the more common kyōdai reading to express the siblings sense.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • 2000, Jonathan Bunt, Gillian Hall, The Oxford Starter Japanese Dictionary, First Edition, New York: Oxford University Press, →ISBN
  1. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, →ISBN
  2. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN