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春秋

ChineseEdit

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spring (time); gay; joyful; youthful; love; lust; life
 
autumn; fall; harvest time; a swing
simp. and trad.
(春秋)

EtymologyEdit

From  ("spring") +  ("autumn").

PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

春秋

  1. (literally) Spring and autumn
  2. (metonymically) the four seasons
  3. a year's time
  4. time as a general concept
  5. a person's age
  6. an annal; a chronicle of events by year

Proper nounEdit

春秋

  1. (specifically) The Spring and Autumn Annals, the chronicle of the Chinese state of Lu during the first half of the Eastern Zhou dynasty

See alsoEdit


JapaneseEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Kanji in this term
しゅん
Grade: 2
しゅう > じゅう
Grade: 2
on'yomi

From Middle Chinese compound 春秋 (tsyhwin tshjuw, literally spring and autumn). The kan'on, so probably a shift in reading after initial borrowing.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

春秋 (hiragana しゅんじゅう, romaji shunjū)

  1. spring and autumn
  2. (metonymically) a year; (by extension) one's age

Proper nounEdit

春秋 (hiragana しゅんじゅう, romaji Shunjū)

  1. the Spring and Autumn Annals, the chronicles of the ancient State of Lu

Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term
はる
Grade: 2
あき
Grade: 2
kun'yomi

Compound of (haru, spring) +‎ (aki, autumn).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

春秋 (hiragana はるあき, romaji haruaki)

  1. spring and autumn
  2. (metonymically) a year; (by extension) one's age
    • 1212, 鴨 長明 (Kamo no Chōmei), 方丈記 (Hōjōki, “The Ten Foot Square Hut”)
      四十あまりの春秋をおくれる間に
      よんじゅう あまり の はるあき を おくれる あいだ に
      yonjū amari no haruaki o okureru aida ni
      during the course of living some forty-odd years

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9