wakashu

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Japanese 若衆 (young person).

Noun[edit]

wakashu (plural wakashu)

  1. (archaic) A Japanese boy after early childhood but before his coming-of-age ceremony.
  2. A role in kabuki traditionally played by a boy of this age category.
  3. A soldier of the oyabun in the yakuza hierarchy.

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