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EtymologyEdit

First attested in the Yongbi eocheonga (龍飛御天歌 / 용비어천가), 1447, as Middle Korean 아ᄌᆞ미 (Yale: acomi).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key)[a̠d͡ʑumʌ̹ni]
  • Phonetic Hangul[]
Revised Romanization? ajumeoni
Revised Romanization (translit.)? ajumeoni
McCune–Reischauer? ajumŏni
Yale Romanization? acwumeni

NounEdit

아주머니 (ajumeoni)

  1. a woman of one's parents' age
  2. (by a man) the wife of an older man
  3. ma'am, madam

Usage notesEdit

Highly respectful when used appropriately.

Coordinate termsEdit

  • 아줌마 (ajumma, “lady”) (familiar/disrespectful)
  • 아저씨 (ajeossi, “older man”)