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TranslingualEdit

Stroke order
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Han characterEdit

(radical 40 +6, 9 strokes, cangjie input 十竹水口 (JHER), four-corner 30604, composition)

Derived charactersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • KangXi: page 284, character 12
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 7128
  • Dae Jaweon: page 561, character 16
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 2, page 927, character 13
  • Unihan data for U+5BA2

ChineseEdit

simp. and trad.

Glyph originEdit

Historical forms of the character
Oracle bone script Bronze inscriptions Bamboo and silk script Large seal script
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Phono-semantic compound (形聲, OC *kʰraːɡ): semantic  ‎(roof) + phonetic  ‎(OC *klaːɡ) – a guest. Oracle bone script used 𠯆 instead of .

EtymologyEdit

Probably belongs to the word family of (OC *klaːɡ, *kraːɡ, “to go, to come”). Starostin compares this with Proto-Altaic *kàra ‎(opposite, enemy) > Turkish karak ‎(robber). Schuessler (2007) cites Tibetan དགྲ ‎(dgra, enemy) as a possible cognate.

PronunciationEdit



  • Dialectal data
Variety Location
Mandarin Beijing /kʰɤ⁵¹/
Harbin /t͡ɕʰiɛ²¹³/
/kʰɤ⁵³/
Tianjin /t͡ɕʰie¹³/
/kʰɤ⁵³/
Jinan /kə²¹/
/kʰei²¹³/
Qingdao /kʰə⁵⁵/
/kʰe⁵⁵/
Zhengzhou /kʰɤ²⁴/
Xi'an /kʰei²¹/
Xining /kʰɨ⁴⁴/
Yinchuan /kʰa¹³/
/kʰə¹³/
Lanzhou /kʰə¹³/
Ürümqi /kʰɤ²¹³/
/kʰei⁴⁴/
Wuhan /kʰɤ²¹³/
Chengdu /kʰe³¹/
Guiyang /kʰɛ²¹/
Kunming /kʰə³¹/
Nanjing /kʰəʔ⁵/
Hefei /kʰɐʔ⁵/
Jin Taiyuan /kʰaʔ²/
Pingyao /kʰʌʔ¹³/
/t͡ɕʰiʌʔ¹³/
Hohhot /kʰaʔ⁴³/
Wu Shanghai /kʰaʔ⁵/
Suzhou /kʰɑʔ⁵/
Hangzhou /kʰɑʔ⁵/
Wenzhou /kʰa²¹³/
Hui Shexian /kʰɛʔ²¹/
Tunxi /kʰa⁵/
Xiang Changsha /kʰə²⁴/
Xiangtan /kʰæ²⁴/
Gan Nanchang /kʰɑʔ⁵/
Hakka Meixian /hak̚¹/
Taoyuan /hɑk̚²²/
Cantonese Guangzhou /hak̚³/
Nanning /hak̚³³/
Hong Kong /hak̚³/
Min Xiamen (Min Nan) /kʰik̚³²/
/kʰeʔ³²/
Fuzhou (Min Dong) /kʰɑʔ²³/
Jian'ou (Min Bei) /kʰa²⁴/
Shantou (Min Nan) /kʰeʔ²/
Haikou (Min Nan) /xɛ⁵⁵/

Rime
Character
Reading # 1/1
Initial () (29)
Final () (113)
Tone (調) Checked (Ø)
Openness (開合) Open
Division () II
Fanqie
Reconstructions
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
/kʰɣæk̚/
Pan
Wuyun
/kʰɯak̚/
Shao
Rongfen
/kʰak̚/
Edwin
Pulleyblank
/kʰaɨjk̚/
Li
Rong
/kʰɐk̚/
Wang
Li
/kʰɐk̚/
Bernard
Karlgren
/kʰɐk̚/
Expected
Mandarin
Reflex
ke
Baxter-Sagart system 1.1 (2014)
Character
Reading # 1/1
Modern
Beijing
(Pinyin)
Middle
Chinese
‹ khæk ›
Old
Chinese
/*kʰˤrak/
English guest

Notes for Old Chinese notations in the Baxter-Sagart system:

* Parentheses "()" indicate uncertain presence;
* Square brackets "[]" indicate uncertain identity, e.g. *[t] as coda may in fact be *-t or *-p;
* Angle brackets "<>" indicate infix;
* Hyphen "-" indicates morpheme boundary;

* Period "." indicates syllable boundary.
Zhengzhang system (2003)
Character
Reading # 1/1
No. 3903
Phonetic
component
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
0
Corresponding
MC rime
Old
Chinese
/*kʰraːɡ/

DefinitionsEdit

  1. guest; visitor
  2. customer; consumer
  3. to treat with guest etiquette; to receive friendly
  4. minor; less major; less important
  5. Agent suffix, indicating “one that engages in ...”.
  6. one who sponges on a wealthy family; hanger-on; sponger
  7. traveller; passenger; one who lives away from home
  8. to live away from home; to live abroad
  9. (in general) people; person
  10. objective; beyond human consciousness
  11. Abbreviation of 客家 (kèjiā, “Hakka”).
  12. Classifier for units of food sold.
  13. A surname​.

CompoundsEdit

DescendantsEdit

Sino-Xenic ():

Others:

  • Proto-Hmong-Mien: *Khæk ‎(guest)
    • White Hmong: qhua ‎(guest)
  • Lao: ແຂກ ‎(khǣk, guest)
  • Thai: แขก ‎(kɛ̀ɛk, guest)

JapaneseEdit

KanjiEdit

(grade 3 “Kyōiku” kanji)

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ReadingsEdit

NounEdit

‎(hiragana きゃく, romaji kyaku)

  1. guest
  2. customer
  3. patron

Usage notesEdit

This is used as part of a form of address for a customer, like sir or ma'am. Because a customer is in a much higher social position, this word is used with the honorific prefix ‎(お, o-) and the honorific suffix さん ‎(-san) or more often さま ‎(-sama), rendering お客さん (okyakusan) or お客様 (okyakusama).


KoreanEdit

Hanja in this term

NounEdit

‎(gaek) ‎(hangeul )

  1. Hanja form? of , “guest”.

VietnameseEdit

Han characterEdit

(khách)

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