乙女

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
Grade: S Grade: 1

EtymologyEdit

/woto2me1/: [wotwome] → [wotome] → otome. Cognate with the verb ot- "to become young" with me1 as a female suffix. Contrasts with otoko, the male version.

NounEdit

乙女 (hiragana おとめ, historical hiragana をとめ, romaji otome)

  1. daughter
  2. virgin, maiden
  3. little girl, young lady

Derived termsEdit

  • 乙女座 (otomeza): Virgo
  • 乙女桜 (otomezakura): fairy primrose
  • 乙女心 (otomegokoro): girl's feeling
  • 乙女チック (otome chikku): girly
  • 早乙女 (saotome): young girl
  • 天津乙女 (amatsuotome): celestial maiden

Related termsEdit

Last modified on 7 February 2014, at 08:17