節句

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せつ > せっ
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EtymologyEdit

Appears to be a Japanese coinage using Middle Chinese-derived components, possibly derived as a portmanteau or contraction from ‎(setsu, season) + 供御 ‎(kugo, offering of food or drink). Compound of ‎(setsu, season) +‎ ‎(ku, offering), in reference to offerings of food and drink made by the nobility to shrines and temples for the seasonal celebrations.

The use of to spell the ku portion is an example of ateji.

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NounEdit

節句 ‎(hiragana せっく, romaji sekku)

  1. a seasonal festival day, such as 子供の日 ‎(Kodomo no Hi, Children's Day) on 5 May or 七夕 ‎(Tanabata) on 7 July
  2. (by extension from the way that most sekku are also holidays) rest and relaxation, a break (of a day or longer)

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. 2.0 2.1 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
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