太史

MandarinEdit

simpl. and trad.

EtymologyEdit

Subordinate to the Minister of Ceremonies, the Court Astronomer made astronomical observations and drafted the annual lunisolar calendar. The Court Astronomer also upheld a literacy test of 9,000 characters for nominees aspiring to become subordinate officials for either the Minister Steward or Palace Assistant Imperial Clerk.

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin tàishǐ
Zhuyin ㄊㄞˋ ㄕˇ
IPA (key) /tʰaɪ̯⁵¹ ʂʐ̩²¹⁴⁻²¹⁽⁴⁾/

NounEdit

太史 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin tàishǐ)

  1. (archaic) Court Astronomer

Proper nounEdit

太史 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin Tàishǐ)

  1. Chinese surname: Taishi

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

Last modified on 8 April 2014, at 11:45