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ChineseEdit

 
young; few; little; lack
female; woman; daughter
simp. and trad.
(少女)

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NounEdit

少女

  1. young woman; girl

JapaneseEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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少女 (shōjo): a girl holding a puppy.
Kanji in this term
しょう
Grade: 2
じょ
Grade: 1
on'yomi

From Middle Chinese compound 少女 ‎(*shiɛu *njiǔ). Compare modern Chinese 少女 ‎(shàonǚ).

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NounEdit

少女 ‎(hiragana しょうじょ, romaji shōjo, historical hiragana せうぢよ)

  1. a (young, little) girl
  2. (anime, manga) a style of anime and manga made for young women, shojo
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Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term
おと
Grade: 2

Grade: 1
kun'yomi

From Old Japanese. Originally a compound of ‎(oto, young, little) +‎ ‎(me, female, girl).[2][1] Compare ‎(otoko, man), originally meaning "young boy".

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少女 ‎(hiragana おとめ, romaji otome)

  1. a young woman, adult but unmarried: a maiden
  2. a girl
  3. a female virgin
  4. (mythology) a celestial maiden, a fairy, a nymph
  5. (Shintō) a young woman dancer performing at the 五節 ‎(Gosechi) ceremony in the eleventh lunar month
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ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan

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Hanja in this term

NounEdit

少女 ‎(sonyeo) ‎(hangeul 소녀)

  1. Hanja form? of 소녀, “girl”.

VietnameseEdit

NounEdit

thiếu nữ 少女

  1. young woman; girl
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