얼굴

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in the Seokbo sangjeol (釋譜詳節 / 석보상절), 1447, as 얼굴 (Yale: elkwul). Further etymology unknown; various theories include:

  • Derived from (eol, “spirit, soul”) + 골/굴 (modern (kkol, “form, shape”));
  • Derived from 얽— (eok-, “to bind, to tie up”);
  • Derived from 얽— (eok-, “(of face) to be pitted (with smallpox)”).

Pronunciation[edit]


IPA(key) [ʌ̹ɭɡuɭ]
Phonetic Hangul
Romanizations
RR eolgul
RR (translit.) eolgul
MC ŏlgul
Yale elkwul

Noun[edit]

얼굴 (eolgul)

  1. face
  2. visage, visible form