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Etymology 1Edit

For pronunciation and definitions of あい – see the following entries.
S
[noun]grief; sorrow; sadness; lamentation
[noun]pity; sympathy
4
[noun]love
[noun]affection
[noun]tenderness
[noun](Christianity) agape
[proper noun]a female given name
[proper noun]a surname
H
[affix]narrow; confined
H
[noun]one ten-billionth
[noun]dust
J
[affix]beauty, beautiful girl (generally only used in names)
H
[affix]mist, haze
[affix]mistiness, haziness
[proper noun]a female given name
(This term, あい, is the hiragana spelling of several Sino-Japanese terms.)
For a list of all kanji with on'yomi あい, not just those used in Sino-Japanese terms, see Category:Japanese kanji with on reading あい.

Etymology 2Edit

Alternative spelling

From Old Japanese stem form of verb あう: to meet, to be together, etc.

PronunciationEdit

PrefixEdit

あい (rōmaji ai-, historical hiragana あひ)

  1. mutual, together, each other
     (あい) ()aitepartner; opponent
    兄弟 (きょうだい)はいつも (あい) (たたか)うものだ。
    Kyōdai wa itsumo ai-tatakau mono da.
    Brothers (siblings) will always fight (with each other).
  2. used in official or epistolary writings for elegance or politeness

Etymology 3Edit

Alternative spellings 合い

Same as above.

SuffixEdit

あい (rōmaji -ai, historical hiragana あひ)

  1. mutual, together, each other, meeting
     () () ()imiaiimplication, shade of meaning, nuance

NounEdit

あい (rōmaji ai, historical hiragana あひ)

  1. Short for 合い服 (あいふく, aifuku, clothing worn in spring or autumn).

Etymology 4Edit

Alternative spelling

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

あい (rōmaji ai, historical hiragana あひ)

  1. (literary or dialectal) interval of time or space; time; during; between; leisure
     () (あい)にものが (はさ)ha no ai ni mono ga hasamusomething is sticking between the teeth
  2. relation; relationship; terms (between people)
     (ふう) () (あい) (わる)fūfu ai ga waruithe husband and wife are on bad terms
  3. Short for 間狂言 (aikyōgen).
  4. Short for 間駒 (aigoma).
  5. Short for 間の手 (ai no te).
SynonymsEdit

Etymology 5Edit

For pronunciation and definitions of あい – see the following entry at .
あい,アイ【藍】
[noun]the Japanese indigo or Chinese indigo plant, Persicaria tinctoria
[noun]the color indigo, from the dye processed from the stems and leaves of various indigo plants
[noun]Short for 藍蝋 (airō): indigo pigment made from boiled-down indigo dye liquid
[proper noun]a female given name
[proper noun]a surname
(This term, あい, is a hiragana spelling of .)

Etymology 6Edit

For pronunciation and definitions of あい – see the following entry at .
あい【鮎】
[noun](obsolete) the ayu or sweetfish, Plecoglossus altivelis
(This term, あい, is a hiragana spelling of .)

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
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN

OkinawanEdit

NounEdit

あい (romaji ai)

  1. : ant