王女

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Japanese[edit]

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 王女 on Japanese Wikipedia

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
おう
Grade: 1
じょ
Grade: 1
on’yomi

From Middle Chinese 王女 (hjwang nrjoX, literally king + female). The kan'on reading, so likely a later borrowing.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

王女 (hiragana おうじょ, rōmaji ōjo, historical hiragana わうぢよ)

  1. a princess (king's daughter)
    • 1988 July 30, Fujiko F. Fujio, “かいめいさくどうだいかん ねむれるもりじょ [World’s Renowned Fairy Tales Book 2: Sleeping Beauty]”, in ポストの中の明日 [Post-Mid-Tomorrow] (藤子不二雄少年SF短編集; 2), volume 2 (fiction, in Japanese), 10th edition, Tokyo: Shogakukan, ISBN 4-09-140702-1, page 115:
      このときから、ねむれぬ (もり)王女とよばれるようになった。
      Kono toki kara, Nemurenu Mori no Ōjo to yobareru yō ni natta.
      From that day on, she became known as the Sleepless Beauty.

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
おう
Grade: 1
にょ
Grade: 1
on’yomi

From Middle Chinese 王女 (hjwang nrjoX, literally king + female). The goon reading, so likely the initial borrowing.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

王女 (hiragana おうにょ, rōmaji ōnyo, historical hiragana わうによ)

  1. a princess (king's daughter)

Usage notes[edit]

  • 王女 refers more specifically to the daughter of a king, as opposed to 王妃 (ōhi, princess consort) or (hime, female member of royal family; shogun's daughter or consort). All of those three terms may be translated as "princess" into English.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3