대한민국

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Sino-Korean word from 大韓民國, which is based on 大韓帝國 (The Empire of Korea). According to 1946 Joseon Sangsik Mundap of Choe Nam-seon, (grand) is used before (Korea) to distinguish it from traditional smaller Hans, 三韓 (Samhan). The use of (grand) in a name of empire is a Chinese tradition (ex. 大日本帝國, 大英帝國)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (SK Standard/Seoul) IPA(key): [ˈtɛ(ː)ɦa̠nminɡuk̚] ~ [ˈte̞(ː)ɦa̠nminɡuk̚]
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  • Phonetic hangul: [(ː)/(ː)]
    • Though still prescriptive in Standard Korean, most speakers in both Koreas no longer distinguish vowel length.
Romanizations
Revised Romanization?Daehanmin'guk
Revised Romanization (translit.)?Daehanmingug
McCune–Reischauer?Taehanmin'guk
Yale Romanization?tāyhanminkwuk

Proper noun[edit]

대한민국 (Daehanmin'guk) (hanja 大韓民國)

  1. Republic of Korea (South Korea)
  2. (South Korea) Korea

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