少年

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Chinese[edit]

 
young; few; little; lack
year
simp. and trad.
(少年)

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Noun[edit]

少年

  1. early youth (from ten to sixteen years old)
    少年時代 / 少年时代  ―  shàonián shídài  ―  early youth
  2. juvenile; youngster

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Adjective[edit]

少年

  1. (chiefly Min Nan) young

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Japanese[edit]

少年 (shōnen): a boy.
Kanji in this term
しょう
Grade: 2
ねん
Grade: 1
on'yomi

Etymology[edit]

/seunen//ɕeunen//ɕoːnen/

From Middle Chinese compound 少年 ‎(syewH nen, literally young + years). Compare modern Cantonese reading siu3 nin4, Mandarin shàonián, Korean 소년 ‎(sonyeon), Vietnamese thiếu niên.

Originally referred to young people of either gender. The meaning has narrowed in modern usage to more commonly refer to boys of elementary school or middle school age.[1]

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Noun[edit]

少年 ‎(hiragana しょうねん, romaji shōnen, historical hiragana せうねん)

  1. a boy; a young man
     (しょう) (ねん)はこの (まん) () (だい) ()きで、もう () ()れになっています。
    Shōnen wa kono manga ga daisuki de, mō urikire ni natte imasu.
    Boys really like this manga, and it's already sold out.
    • 2011 February 9, Hideaki Sorachi, “せんとうではこころまるはだか [Our Bodies and Souls Are All Naked in the Public Baths]”, in ぎんたま [Silver Soul], volume 38 (fiction, in Japanese), Tokyo: Shueisha, ISBN 978-4-08-870176-9:
       () (けい) (こと) ()うな バーさん  (おれ) (こころ) (しょう) (ねん)だから (ふた) ()200円 (にひゃくえん) (たの)むわ
      Yokei na koto iu na Bā-san ore wa kokoro wa shōnen dakara futari de nihyaku-en de tanomu wa
      Quit blabbering Granny, I'm still a young boy at heart, so make it 200 yen for two

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9

Korean[edit]

Hanja in this term

Noun[edit]

少年 ‎(sonyeon) ‎(hangeul 소년)

  1. Hanja form? of 소년, “boy, young person”.

Vietnamese[edit]

Hán tự in this word

Noun[edit]

少年

  1. Hán tự form of thiếu niên, “related to adolescence