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ChineseEdit

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

PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

花魁

  1. plum blossom
  2. (literary, dated) the most famous courtesan in a brothel

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term
Grade: 1 Jinmeiyō

EtymologyEdit

A contraction of 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 ateji.

NounEdit

花魁 ‎(hiragana おいらん, romaji oiran)

  1. (archaic, slang) courtesan, prostitute, oiran
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