열쇠

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Korean[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested in the Myobeopyeonhwagyeong eonhae (妙法蓮華經諺解 / 묘법연화경언해), 1463, as 엸쇠 (Yale: yels.soy). From 열— (yeol-, “to open”) + (soe, “metal”). The phonological resemblance to Chinese 鑰匙 (yàoshi, “key”) is probably coincidental.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈjɘːɭs͈we̞] ~ [ˈjɘːɭs͈ø̞]

IPA(key) [ˈjɘːɭs͈we̞] ~ [ˈjɘːɭs͈ø̞]
Phonetic Hangul :/:
Romanizations
RR yeolsoe
RR (translit.) yeolsoe
MC yŏlssoe
Yale yēlqsoy

Noun[edit]

열쇠 (yeolsoe)

  1. key
    열쇠자물쇠열다yeolsoero jamulsoereul yeoldaopen a lock with a key
  2. (figuratively) means
    행복의 열쇠haengbok-ui yeolsoethe key to happiness