閣下

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
かく > かっ
Grade: 6

Grade: 1
on'yomi

NounEdit

閣下 (hiragana かっか, romaji kakka)

  1. (your, his, her) Excellency

MandarinEdit

simpl. 阁下
trad.

PronunciationEdit

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin géxià
Zhuyin ㄍㄜˊ ㄒㄧㄚˋ
IPA (key) /kɤ³⁵ ɕi̯a̠⁵¹/

NounEdit

閣下 (traditional, Pinyin géxià, simplified 阁下)

  1. (literary) Your Excellency; His or Her Excellency; Your Honour
  2. (archaic) at the foot of a tower or pavilion

Usage notesEdit

Originally a term of respect toward members of the nobility; became a more generic term of respect later on.

Last modified on 10 April 2014, at 05:49