JapaneseEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

SyllableEdit

ちゃ (romaji cha)

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

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

ちゃ (cha

  1. : tea; tea leaf; matcha; tea ceremony, way of tea; brown

Etymology 3Edit

/te wa/ → */tɣa//tɨa//t͡ɕa/

ConjunctionEdit

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)
      (きゃく)()りゃア、(また)ちゃ(おけ)やせん
      O-kyaku ga kuryā, matashicha oke yasen
      When our customers come, we won't keep them waiting, sir.