|Kanji in this term|
/woto2me1/ invalid IPA characters (21): [wotwome] → [wotome] → /otome/
Compound of おと (oto, cognate with Old Japanese verb 復つ otsu, “to become young”) + 女 (me, “girl, female”). Contrasts with 男 (otoko, “man”, original meaning of “boy”). See also 娘 (musume), 姫 (hime).
- virgin, maiden
- little girl, young lady
- inochi mijikashi, koiseyo otome
- Life is short; fall in love.
- 少女 (shōjo)