ChineseEdit

past; former past; former
simp. and trad.
(昔昔)

PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

昔昔

  1. (literary) every night

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
むかし
Grade: 3
むかし
Grade: 3
kun’yomi
Alternative spelling 昔々

EtymologyEdit

Reduplication of (mukashi, ancient times, a long time ago).[1][2]

PronunciationEdit

  • (Tokyo) かしむかし [mùkáshí múkáshí] (Heiban – [0])[2]
  • IPA(key): [mɯ̟ᵝka̠ɕi mɯ̟ᵝka̠ɕi]

NounEdit

昔昔(むかしむかし) (mukashi mukashi

  1. ancient times, a very long time ago
    昔昔(むかしむかし)(とお)いところに…
    mukashi mukashi, tōi tokoro ni…
    a long time ago in a place far away...

Usage notesEdit

When used to start a fairy tale or other story, mukashi mukashi is often glossed as once upon a time.

SynonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN