幸せ

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
しあわせ
Grade: 3
kun'yomi

Etymology[edit]

The 連用形(ren'yōkei, continuative or stem form) of verb 為合わす, 仕合わす(shiawasu, to put together well; to work together well, lower bigrade, with continuative form ending in -e), itself a compound of Old Japanese verbs (su, to do, to make something be a certain way) + 合わす(awasu, to join together, to fit together).[1][2]

Often spelled 幸せ with the final to indicate the reading.

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Alternative forms[edit]

Adjective[edit]

幸せ ‎(-na inflection, hiragana しあわせ, romaji shiawase, historical hiragana しあはせ)

  1. happy
  2. fortunate, lucky

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Noun[edit]

幸せ ‎(hiragana しあわせ, romaji shiawase, historical hiragana しあはせ)

  1. a moment when circumstances come together: fate, opportunity (used to indicate both good and bad instances)
  2. happiness
  3. good fortune, good luck
  4. circumstances, the flow of events

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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. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9