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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).

PronunciationEdit

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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NounEdit

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. (Shinto) a young woman dancer performing at the 五節 (Gosechi) ceremony in the eleventh lunar month
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  • (おとこ, ​otoko): a man

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

KoreanEdit

Hanja in this term

NounEdit

少女 (sonyeo) (hangeul 소녀)

  1. Hanja form? of 소녀, “girl”.

VietnameseEdit

Hán tự in this word

NounEdit

少女

  1. Hán tự form of thiếu nữ, “young woman; girl