Japanese edit

Pronunciation edit

Etymology 1 edit

Syllable edit

ちゃ (cha

  1. The hiragana syllable ちゃ (cha). Its equivalent in katakana is チャ (cha).

Etymology 2 edit

For pronunciation and definitions of ちゃ – see the following entry.
[noun] tea (not used in isolation in modern Japanese)
[noun] brown
(This term, ちゃ, is the hiragana spelling of the above term.)
For a list of all kanji read as ちゃ, see Category:Japanese kanji read as ちゃ.)

Etymology 3 edit

/te wa/ → */tɣa//tɨa//t͡ɕa/

Conjunction edit

ちゃ (cha

  1. (colloquial) Contraction of ては (-te wa)
    • 1813, Shikitei Sanba, Kokkeibon (滑稽本), Ukiyodoko (浮世床): part 1 (初)
      O-kyaku ga kuryā, matashicha oke yasen
      When our customers come, we won't keep them waiting, sir.