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old; aged; venerable; outdated; experienced; (affectionate prefix)
Buddha
trad. (老佛爺) 佛爺
simp. (老佛爷) 佛爷
Literally: “Venerable Lord Buddha”.

PronunciationEdit


Etymology 1Edit

NounEdit

老佛爺

  1. (archaic) A term of address and title for an empress dowager, queen dowager, empress mother, queen mother, or the like.
  2. (Buddhism, informal) Buddha

Proper nounEdit

老佛爺

  1. (late Qing) A title of respect for Empress Dowager Cixi.

Etymology 2Edit

Phono-semantic matching of French Lafayette.

Proper nounEdit

老佛爺

  1. (usually used in compounds) Lafayette; La Fayette
    老佛爺大街 / 老佛爷大街  ―  Lǎofóyé Dàjiē  ―  Rue La Fayette
    老佛爺百货 / 老佛爷百货  ―  Lǎofóyé Bǎihuò  ―  Galeries Lafayette

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