花魁

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Chinese[edit]

 
flower; blossom; to spend; fancy pattern
chief; head
trad. (花魁)
simp. #(花魁)

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Noun[edit]

花魁

  1. queen of flowers, referring especially to plum blossom
  2. (literary, historical) the most famous courtesan in a brothel; famous prostitute

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Japanese[edit]

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Kanji in this term
Grade: 1 Jinmeiyō
Irregular

Etymology[edit]

/oira no//oiran/

A contraction of 己等 (oira, first-person pronoun) + (no, possessive particle). Young assistants used to call their elder courtesans 己等の (oira no), an ellipse for 己等の姉さん (oira no nēsan, literally "my elder sister").[1]

The kanji spelling is jukujikun (熟字訓), borrowed from Chinese 花魁.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

花魁 (hiragana おいらん, rōmaji oiran)

  1. (archaic, slang) an oiran (elder courtesan in Edo-period Yoshiwara)
  2. any high-ranking courtesan
    Synonym: 太夫 (tayū)
  3. a prostitute

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN