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ChineseEdit

north
 
face; side; surface; aspect; top
simp. and trad.
(北面)

EtymologyEdit

According to ancient convention, the most important person in a room would be seated on the north side facing south. All subordinates would therefore be facing north, in deference to the most important person (such as the emperor).

PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

北面

  1. north; north side
  2. (literary) official in feudal court

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VerbEdit

北面

  1. (literary) to face north (in deference to the emperor or one's superior)
  2. (literary, of an apprentice) to follow a master