Japanese

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Kanji in this term

Grade: 1
まえ
Grade: 2
kun'yomi
Alternative spelling
名まえ (less common)
 
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Etymology

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Derived from (na, name) +‎ (-mae, front).[1][2][3] Compare Latin praenomen.

Appears as a term only in the last few centuries, becoming more widely used during the Meiji period.[1] Similarity to English name and other Indo-European words derived from *h₁nómn̥ is coincidental.

Pronunciation

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Noun

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()(まえ) (namaeなまへ (namafe)?

  1. a name (word or phrase indicating a particular person, place, class, or thing)
  2. (more specifically) a given name (excluding the surname)

Derived terms

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See also

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References

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  1. 1.0 1.1 名前”, in 日本国語大辞典 [Nihon Kokugo Daijiten]‎[1] (in Japanese), concise edition, Tokyo: Shogakukan, 2000
  2. ^ Matsumura, Akira (1995) 大辞泉 [Daijisen] (in Japanese), First edition, Tokyo: Shogakukan, →ISBN
  3. 3.0 3.1 Matsumura, Akira, editor (2006), 大辞林 [Daijirin] (in Japanese), Third edition, Tokyo: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  4. ^ Kindaichi, Kyōsuke et al., editors (1997), 新明解国語辞典 [Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten] (in Japanese), Fifth edition, Tokyo: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  5. ^ NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute, editor (1998), NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 [NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary] (in Japanese), Tokyo: NHK Publishing, Inc., →ISBN
  6. ^ Takebayashi, Shigeru (1993) The Kenkyusha Japanese-English Learner's Pocket Dictionary, Tōkyō: Kenkyūsha, →ISBN.

Further reading

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  • 名前/なまえ”, in 語源由来辞典 (Gogen Yurai Jiten, Etymology Derivation Dictionary) (in Japanese), 2003–2024.

Okinawan

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Kanji in this term
なー > な
Grade: 1
めー
Grade: 2
kun'yomi

Etymology

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Cognate with Japanese 名前 (namae, name).

Can be analyzable as derived from (, name) +‎ (-mē, suffix describing a person to emphasize a quality or feature).

Pronunciation

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Noun

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()(めー) (namē

  1. a name (word or phrase indicating a particular person, place, class, or thing)
  2. (more specifically) a given name (excluding the surname)

References

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  1. ^ ナメー” in Okinawa Center of Language Study, Shuri-Naha Dialect Dictionary (archived; reopens 2024).