Chinese edit

child; son; (noun suffix)
child; son; (noun suffix); small thing; seed; egg; 1st earthly branch; 11 p.m.–1 a.m., midnight
simp. and trad.
alternative forms 倚子 historical

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit


  1. chair (Classifier: m;  m)

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Descendants edit

Sino-Xenic (椅子):
  • Japanese: 椅子(いす) (isu)
  • Korean: 의자(椅子) (uija)

Japanese edit

 椅子 on Japanese Wikipedia
Kanji in this term

Grade: S

Grade: 1
Alternative spelling

Etymology edit


Originally 倚子 (ishi), referring to seats with or without rests used by higher court officials. With the arrival of Zen Buddhism to Japan, possibly a later borrowing from Middle Chinese 椅子 (MC 'jeX tsiX) or directly from Mandarin 椅子 (yǐzi, literally "chair" + diminutive suffix), the meaning shifted to wooden seats used by priests. (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

()() (isu (counter )

  1. a seat (piece of furniture)
    Synonyms: 腰掛け (koshikake), スツール (sutsūru), チェア (chea)
  2. (by extension) a post, position (in an office)
    Synonym: ポスト (posuto)

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References edit

  1. ^ Akira Matsumura, editor (2006) 大辞林 [Daijirin] (in Japanese), Third edition, Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  2. ^ NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute, editor (1998) NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 [NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary] (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK Publishing, →ISBN

Korean edit

Hanja in this term

Noun edit

椅子 (uija) (hangeul 의자)

  1. Hanja form? of 의자 (chair).