|ten thousand; a great number; surname||year; years old; (a measure word)|
|Literally: “ten thousand years”.|
- to long live (in exclamations); may ... have a long life; hooray
- (Cantonese, colloquial) to treat or shout others to a meal
Traditionally, the phrase ten thousand years is only reserved for the emperors, while empress consorts and empresses dowager are addressed with the phrase thousand years (千歲／千岁). In modern times, this is also applied to leaders of a country, the country itself, as well as being used as a general expression of enthusiasm.
|Kanji in this term|
- Kyūjitai form of