race; nationality; ethnicity; clan
long; length; forever; always; constantly; chief; head; elder; to grow; to develop
|Kanji in this term|
Historically, this role has more commonly been filled by a man. However, this word alone is generally not gender-specific, and can refer to either a male or female head of a family. To specify a particular gender, this word may be prefixed with either 女 (onna, “woman”) or 男 (otoko, “man”).
- (head of a family): 家長 (kachō)