弁当

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Japanese[edit]

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A typical bento
A homemade bento
Kanji in this term
べん
Grade: 5
とう
Grade: 2
goon

Etymology[edit]

/bentau//bentɔː//bentoː/

Borrowed from Mandarin 便當 (biàndang, convenient).

The use of for ben is an example of phonetic ateji (当て字), due to 便 having another sense of "human excrement'.

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Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

弁当(べんとう) (bentō (kyūjitai 辨當, historical kana べんたう)

  1. food brought on the go
  2. bento (takeaway lunch served in a box)
  3. This term needs a translation to English. Please help out and add a translation, then remove the text {{rfdef}}.
  4. (law) Synonym of 執行猶予 (shikkō yūyo): a suspended sentence

Derived terms[edit]

Idioms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Chinese:
  • English: bento
  • Indonesian: bento

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  • 2002, Ineko Kondō; Fumi Takano; Mary E Althaus; et. al., Shogakukan Progressive Japanese-English Dictionary, Third Edition, Tokyo: Shōgakukan, →ISBN.