沉魚落雁

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

Chinese[edit]

 
submerge; immerse; sink; deep; profound; to lower; to drop
fish
 
alight; to fall; to drop (behind); leave behind
wild goose
trad. (沉魚落雁)
simp. (沉鱼落雁)

Etymology[edit]

From Zhuangzi ("Discussion on Making All Things Equal"):

Mao Qiang and Li Ji [two beautiful courtesans] are what people consider beautiful, but if fish see them they will swim into the depths; if birds see them, they will fly away into the air; if deer see them, they will gallop away. Among these four, who knows what is rightly beautiful in the world?

Pronunciation[edit]


Idiom[edit]

沉魚落雁

  1. (said of women) extremely beautiful; drop-dead gorgeous