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ChineseEdit

 
young; few; little; lack
year
simp. and trad.
(少年)
anagram 年少

PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

少年

  1. early youth (from ten to sixteen years old)
    少年時代 / 少年时代  ―  shàonián shídài  ―  early youth
  2. juvenile; youngster

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AdjectiveEdit

少年

  1. (chiefly Min Nan) young

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JapaneseEdit

 
少年 (shōnen): a boy.
Kanji in this term
しょう
Grade: 2
ねん
Grade: 1
on'yomi

EtymologyEdit

/seunen//ɕeunen//ɕoːnen/

From Middle Chinese compound 少年(syewH nen, literally young + years). Compare modern Cantonese reading siu3 nin4, Mandarin shàonián, Korean 소년(sonyeon), Vietnamese thiếu niên.

Originally referred to young people of either gender. The meaning has narrowed in modern usage to more commonly refer to boys of elementary school or middle school age.[1]

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NounEdit

少年 ‎(hiragana しょうねん, romaji shōnen, historical hiragana せうねん)

  1. a boy; a young man
     (しょう) (ねん)はこの (まん) () (だい) ()きで、もう () ()れになっています。
    Shōnen wa kono manga ga daisuki de, mō urikire ni natte imasu.
    Boys really like this manga, and it's already sold out.
    • 2011 February 9, Hideaki Sorachi, “せんとうではこころまるはだか [Our Bodies and Souls Are All Naked in the Public Baths]”, in ぎんたま [Silver Soul], volume 38 (fiction, in Japanese), Tokyo: Shueisha, ISBN 978-4-08-870176-9:
       () (けい) (こと) ()うな バーさん  (おれ) (こころ) (しょう) (ねん)だから (ふた) ()200円 (にひゃくえん) (たの)むわ
      Yokei na koto iu na Bā-san ore wa kokoro wa shōnen dakara futari de nihyaku-en de tanomu wa
      Quit blabbering Granny, I'm still a young boy at heart, so make it 200 yen for two

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ReferencesEdit

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

KoreanEdit

Hanja in this term

NounEdit

少年 ‎(sonyeon) ‎(hangeul 소년)

  1. Hanja form? of 소년, “boy, young person”.

VietnameseEdit

Hán tự in this word

NounEdit

少年

  1. Hán tự form of thiếu niên, “related to adolescence