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 王女 on Japanese Wikipedia

Etymology 1Edit

Kanji in this term
おう
Grade: 1
じょ
Grade: 1
on’yomi

From Middle Chinese 王女 (hjwang nrjoX, literally king + female). The kan'on reading, so likely a later borrowing.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

王女 (hiragana おうじょ, rōmaji ōjo, historical hiragana わうぢよ)

  1. a princess (king's daughter)
    • 1988 July 30, Fujiko F. Fujio, “かいめいさくどうだいかん ねむれるもりじょ [World’s Renowned Fairy Tales Book 2: Sleeping Beauty]”, in ポストの中の明日 [Post-Mid-Tomorrow] (藤子不二雄少年SF短編集; 2), volume 2 (fiction, in Japanese), 10th edition, Tokyo: Shogakukan, ISBN 4-09-140702-3 Invalid ISBN, page 115:
      このときから、ねむれぬもり王女とよばれるようになった。
      Kono toki kara, Nemurenu Mori no Ōjo to yobareru yō ni natta.
      From that day on, she became known as the Sleepless Beauty.

Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term
おう
Grade: 1
にょ
Grade: 1
on’yomi

From Middle Chinese 王女 (hjwang nrjoX, literally king + female). The goon reading, so likely the initial borrowing.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

王女 (hiragana おうにょ, rōmaji ōnyo, historical hiragana わうによ)

  1. a princess (king's daughter)

Usage notesEdit

  • 王女 refers more specifically to the daughter of a king, as opposed to 王妃 (ōhi, princess consort) or (hime, female member of royal family; shogun's daughter or consort). All of those three terms may be translated as "princess" into English.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. ^ 1998, NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 (NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK, ISBN 978-4-14-011112-3