See also: わ゙ and
Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai WA.png
U+308F, わ
HIRAGANA LETTER WA

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

JapaneseEdit

Stroke order
 

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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

SyllableEdit

(romaji 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).
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old Japanese.

ParticleEdit

(wa

  1. (women's speech) 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.
Usage notesEdit
  • In common Japanese, this particle is mainly used by women. In various dialects, particularly western, it is used by both men and women, but with a different pitch accent.

Etymology 3Edit

Reading for various kanji.

CounterEdit

(-wa

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

NounEdit

(wa

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

Proper nounEdit

(Wa

  1. , : Japan, Japanese, Nippo-

Etymology 4Edit

For pronunciation and definitions of – see the following entry.
6
[pronoun] first-person personal pronoun: I, me
Alternative spelling
(This term, , is an alternative spelling of the above term.
For a list of all kanji read as , not just those used in Japanese terms, see Category:Japanese kanji read as わ.)

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