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花魁

ChineseEdit

simpl. and trad.

PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

花魁

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JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
Grade: 1 Jinmeiyō

EtymologyEdit

A contraction of oira and the possessive marker no: oira no → oira n → oiran. Young assistants used to call their elder courtesans oira no, an ellipse for oira no neesan. The kanji are ateji.

NounEdit

花魁 (hiragana おいらん, romaji oiran)

  1. (archaic, slang) courtesan, prostitute, oiran