small; tiny; few
small; tiny; few; young
older sister
simp. and trad.




  1. Miss (a term of address for a young or unmarried woman)
    小姐 / 小姐  ―  Wáng xiǎojiě lái le.  ―  Miss Wang is here. / Miss Wang is coming.
  2. young lady
  3. (dated or slang) barmaid; prostitute

Usage notesEdit

  • In mainland China, 小姐 is less used to mean “young lady” because the meaning “prostitute” took over the original meaning; 女士 (nǚshì) is used instead.
    • One can still use 小姐 as a title (see the usage example).
    • Do not use 小姐 to call a waitress, but use the neutral word 服務員服务员 (fúwùyuán) for that instead.
    • The definition may revert somewhat in the distant future (as with 姑娘 (gūniang)).


  • 女士 (nǚshì, “lady; miss”)

Derived termsEdit

See alsoEdit

  • 太太 (tàitai, “madame, wife”)
  • 夫人 (fūrén, “madame”)
  • 先生 (xiānsheng, “mister”)