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From Japanese 花魁, literally ‘flower-leader’.
oiran (plural oiran or oirans)
- A high-status courtesan in Japan.
- 2002: The oiran of Mitarai was not like the geisha. Like the great eighteenth-century courtesans of Europe, she knew who and what she was and turned wanton provocation into an art. — Donald Richie, The Inland Sea (Stone Bridge Press 2002, p. 192)
- third-person plural future indicative form of oir
- Rōmaji transcription of