tiên

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Vietnamese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Sino-Vietnamese word from , from Middle Chinese (sen).

Adverb[edit]

tiên

  1. (only in fixed Sino-Vietnamese expressions) first
    Tiên học lễ, hậu học văn.
    One must learn manners first; education comes later.

Etymology 2[edit]

Sino-Vietnamese word from , from Middle Chinese (sjen).

Noun[edit]

tiên

  1. (in Chinese mythology or literature) a xian, a hermit who trains themself in thousands of years to become a god, or a state of existence between a human (nhân) and a god (thần)
  2. (rare) a god or goddess
  3. (in Western fantasy) a fine, beautiful creature such as a fairy, a pixie, an undine, an elf, a dryad, etc.