芸者

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
げい
Grade: 4
しゃ
Grade: 3
on’yomi

Etymology[edit]

Appears to be a Japanese coinage of Middle Chinese-derived elements, as a compound of (gei, art, technique) +‎ (sha, person).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

芸者 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 藝者, hiragana げいしゃ, rōmaji geisha)

  1. a geisha
  2. one who is proficient in an art, an artisan
    • 16031604, Nippo Jisho (page 295)
      Gueixa. Guei arumono. (芸ある者) 芸能の心得のある者、または、能力のある者.
  3. a person who utilizes their art as an occupation
    • 1688: 日本永代蔵, Volume 6, Chapter 5
      一切の人間、目有鼻あり、手あしもかはらず生れ付て、貴人・高人、よろづの藝者は各別、常の町人、金銀の有徳ゆへ世上に名をしらるゝ事、是を思へば、若き時よりかせぎて、分限の其名を世に殘さぬは口をし。
  4. one who entertains parties with song and dance

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References[edit]

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