三公

MandarinEdit

simpl. and trad.

EtymologyEdit

Starting in the Zhou Dynasty, the top three were: trad. 太師, simpl. 太师, 太傅, 太保. In the Eastern Han Dynasty, the three positions were: 太尉 (Grand Commandant), 司徒 (Minister over the Masses) and 司空 (Minister of Works). Later on, the three positions were discontinued, and their duties were folded into the position of 丞相 (chancellor of China).

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin sāngōng
Zhuyin ㄙㄢ ㄍㄨㄥ
IPA (key) /sa̠n⁵⁵ kʊŋ⁵⁵/

NounEdit

三公 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin sāngōng)

  1. (archaic) the top three civil officials within the government

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Last modified on 8 April 2014, at 05:24