節句

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
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EtymologyEdit

Appears to be a Japanese coinage using Sinitic components, as a compound of (setsu, joint, section, in reference to the turning of the seasons, and how the seasonal holidays mark different sections of the year) +‎ (ku, phrase; haiku). The meaning of ku here is uncertain, and might be a reference to seasonally themed poetry. The ku portion can also be spelled (attendant, accompaniment, retinue), also read in kun'yomi as tomo and cognate with (tomo, friend) and (tomo, together, with), but the meaning of ku in this spelling is also uncertain.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

節句 (hiragana せっく, romaji sekku)

  1. a seasonal festival day, such as 子供の日 (Kodomo no Hi, Children's Day) on 5 May or 七夕 (Tanabata) on 7 July
  2. (by extension from the way that most sekku are also holidays) rest and relaxation, a break (of a day or longer)

Derived termsEdit

SynonymsEdit

  • (festival day): 節日 (せちにち, ​sechinichi)
  • (break): 骨休め (ほねやすめ, ​hone yasume)

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3
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