See also: わ゙ and

U+308F, わ
HIRAGANA LETTER WA

[U+308E]
Hiragana
[U+3090]

Japanese edit

Stroke order
 

Etymology 1 edit

Derived in the Heian period from writing the man'yōgana kanji in the cursive sōsho style.

Pronunciation edit

Syllable edit

(wa

  1. The hiragana syllable (wa). Its equivalent in katakana is (wa). It is the forty-fourth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (wa-gyō a-dan, row wa, section a).
See also edit

Etymology 2 edit

From Old Japanese.

Pronunciation edit

(women's particle):

(dialectal particle):

Particle edit

(wa

  1. (women's speech, dated) a particle used in the end of sentences to indicate admiration or emotion
    あなたの(かみ)(なが)ね!
    Anata no kami wa nagai wa ne!
    Wow, your hair is so long!
    (いま)()
    Ima, iku wa.
    I'm coming.
    ()らない
    Shiranai wa.
    I don't know.
  2. (dialectal or men's speech) a particle used in the end of sentences to indicate emphasis
    (なに)()ってんのか(わか)んねえ
    Nani itten no ka wakannē wa.
    I've no idea what he's saying.
Usage notes edit
  • (Sense 1) In standard Japanese, this particle is mainly used by women, although its usage is almost extinct among younger generations.
  • (Sense 2) In various dialects, particularly western, it is used by both men and women, but with a different pitch accent.

Etymology 3 edit

Reading for various kanji.

Counter edit

(-wa

  1. : birds or rabbits
  2. : bundles
  3. : stories, TV episodes

Noun edit

(wa

  1. , : a sharp bend in a valley, inlet, coast, or river
  2. , : a ring
  3. , : Japan, Japanese
  4. : harmony; a sum

Proper noun edit

(Wa

  1. , : Japan, Japanese, Nippo-

Etymology 4 edit

For pronunciation and definitions of – see the following entry.
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[pronoun] (obsolete or dialect) first-person personal pronoun: I, me
Alternative spelling
(This term, , is the hiragana spelling of the above term.)
For a list of all kanji read as , see Category:Japanese kanji read as わ.)

References edit