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senpai

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Japanese 先輩 (せんぱい senpai), from Middle Chinese (sen "first", "former") + (bìj "generation").

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈsɛmpaɪ/, /ˈsɛnpaɪ/, [ˈsɛmpaɪ̯], [ˈsɛnpaɪ̯]

NounEdit

senpai (plural senpais)

  1. Senior member of a group in Japanese arts; mentor.

Usage notesEdit

Use in English may carry humorous or affectionate connotations. This is possibly due to (assumed) reference to modern Japanese media, or possibly a lexical gap.

AntonymsEdit


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RomanizationEdit

senpai

  1. rōmaji reading of せんぱい