玄関

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
げん
Grade: S
かん
Grade: 4
on'yomi
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Etymology 1Edit

genkwan > genkan.

NounEdit

玄関 (hiragana げんかん, historical hiragana げんくわん, romaji genkan)

  1. the entrance to a profound path; in particularly an introduction to the Zen Buddhist discipline
  2. the entrance to a Zen Buddhist temple
  3. the place of entrance / exit in a Japanese home; usually recessed into the floor
    • 16031604: Nippo Jisho (page 296)
      Guenquan. ゲンクヮン (玄関) 茶の湯 (Chanoyu)へ行くのに通る道の入り口、または、門. また、ある人の家の中に入るのに通る奥の入口.
See alsoEdit
  • 玄関 (genka)
Derived termsEdit
  • 玄関帳 (genkanchō)
  • 玄関番 (genkanban)

Etymology 2Edit

From earlier genkan. genkwan > genkwa > genka. The final /a/ was likely nasalized. Common during the Edo period.

NounEdit

玄関 (hiragana げんか, historical hiragana げんくわ, romaji genka)

  1. same as genkan
    • 1686: Shika no Makifude (鹿の巻筆) (page 182)
      浪人、「さてはいまのももんぐわあゆへ」と思ひながら、是非なく座敷をたちけり。玄関(げんくわ)口へ出ければ、又かのいたづらがき、玄関(げんか)のわきに居けり。

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Last modified on 10 October 2013, at 15:02