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): /ˈjɘːɭs͈ø̞/ ~ /ˈjɘːɭs͈we̞/
  • Phonetic hangeul: :/:

Noun[edit]

열쇠 (yeolsoe)

  1. key
    열쇠자물쇠열다‎ ― yeolsoero jamulsoereul yeolda ― open a lock with a key
  2. (figuratively) means
    행복의 열쇠‎ ― haengbog-ui yeolsoe ― the key to happiness