萬歲

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See also: 万歳 and 万岁

Chinese[edit]

ten thousand; a great number; Wan (surname) year; years old; (a measure word)
trad. (萬歲)
simp. (万岁)
Literally: “ten thousand years”.
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Ten thousand years (English)

Pronunciation[edit]


Verb[edit]

萬歲

  1. to long live (in exclamations); may ... have a long life; hooray
    祖國萬歲 / 祖国万岁  ―  Zǔguó wànsuì!  ―  Long live the motherland!
    吾皇萬歲萬歲萬歲 [MSC, trad.]
    吾皇万岁万岁万岁 [MSC, simp.]
    Wúhuáng wànsuì wànsuì wànwànsuì! [Pinyin]
    [May] my Emperor [live and reign for] ten thousand years, ten thousand years, ten thousand of ten thousand years! (chant in imperial Chinese courts)
  2. (Cantonese, colloquial) to treat or shout others to a meal

Usage notes[edit]

Traditionally, the phrase ten thousand years is only reserved for the emperors, while empress consorts and empresses dowager are addressed with the phrase thousand years (千歲千岁). In modern times, this is also applied to leaders of a country, the country itself, as well as being used as a general expression of enthusiasm.

Noun[edit]

萬歲

  1. (historical) Your Majesty; the emperor

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Descendants[edit]

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