貴方

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term
Grade: 6 Grade: 2
jukujikun
For pronunciation and definitions of 貴方 – see the following entry at あなた.
あなた【貴方・彼方・貴女・貴男】
[pronoun]貴方, 貴女, 貴男: you (second-person pronoun)
[pronoun]貴方: (women's speech) dear, darling, sweetheart (term used by a wife to address her husband)
[pronoun]貴方, 彼方: (uncommon) that person (far from both speaker and listener)
(This term, 貴方, is a kanji spelling of あなた.)

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 6
ほう
Grade: 2
on’yomi

/kipau//kifau//kifɔː//kihoː/

From Middle Chinese 貴方 (MC kʉiH pʉɐŋ, “noble, superior + side, place, direction”).

Pronunciation[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

貴方 (hiragana きほう, rōmaji kihō, historical hiragana きはう)

  1. (respectful) your house, your residence
  2. (respectful, men's speech) you (used to address someone of equal social footing)
Synonyms[edit]

References[edit]

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