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ChineseEdit

 
flower; blossom; to spend (money, time); fancy pattern
chief; head
simp. and trad.
(花魁)

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NounEdit

花魁

  1. queen of flowers, referring especially to plum blossom
  2. (literary, historical) the most famous courtesan in a brothel; famous prostitute

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JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
Grade: 1 Jinmeiyō
Irregular

EtymologyEdit

A contraction of 己等 (oira) and the possessive marker (no) (oira no → oira n → oiran). Young assistants used to call their elder courtesans oira no, an ellipse for oira no neesan. The kanji are jukujikun (熟字訓), from Chinese 花魁.

PronunciationEdit

  • (Irregular reading)

NounEdit

花魁 (hiragana おいらん, rōmaji oiran)

  1. (archaic, slang) an oiran

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