gagaku

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Japanese 雅楽 (gagaku), from Middle Chinese 雅樂 (ngǽ-ngæwk, ancient ceremonial music) (compare Mandarin 雅乐 (yǎyuè), 雅樂 (ngaa5ngok6)), from Old Chinese 雅樂 (*ŋˁraʔ-ŋˁrawk, "courtly, ceremonial music"), from ("elegant", "refined") + ("music").

Noun[edit]

gagaku (uncountable)

  1. the ancient court ritual classical music of Japan, of Chinese and Korean origin

Japanese[edit]

Romanization[edit]

gagaku

  1. Rōmaji transcription of ががく