素人

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Chinese[edit]

plain; element man; person; people
simp. and trad.
(素人)

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Noun[edit]

素人

  1. commoner; layman; amateur

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
しろ
Grade: 5
うと
Grade: 1
kun’yomi
Kanji in this term
しろ
Grade: 5

Grade: 1
kun’yomi
Kanji in this term
しろ > しら
Grade: 5
ひと > びと
Grade: 1
kun’yomi

Etymology[edit]

Compound of  (しろ) (shiro, plain, undecorated) +  (うと) (uto, person).

The term (hito, person) appears in various older compounds with a root form of (*puto → *buto → *udo, *puto → *futo → *uto). This form is never seen in isolation, and it often undergoes further phonetic changes to combine with preceding vowels. Compare the formation of 仲人 (nakōdo), from naka + udo; 旅人 (tabiudo), from tabi + udo.

Noun[edit]

素人 (hiragana しろうと, rōmaji shirōto, alternative reading しろと, rōmaji shiroto, alternative reading しらびと, rōmaji shirabito)

  1. amateur, novice
  2. respectable woman (one who is not a prostitute, geisha, or hostess)
  3. (archaic, Kyoto dialect) unlicensed prostitute

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