JejuEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Korean 吾里 (*WUli).

PronunciationEdit

PronounEdit

우리 (uri)

  1. we, us
  2. our
  3. (when referring to one's own family members) my

ReferencesEdit

  • 우리” in Andrew Cheng; K. David Harrison, Jeju-eo Talking Dictionary, Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, 2014.
  • 우리” in Jeju's culture and language, Digital museum.

KoreanEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Korean 우리, from Old Korean 吾里 (*WUli), from Old Korean (*wu) + unknown suffix *-li. The root is different from the singular first-person pronoun, (na).

In Hangul form: First attested in the Yongbi eocheonga (龍飛御天歌 / 용비어천가), 1447, as Middle Korean 우리 (Yale: wuli).

Alternative formsEdit

  • (contraction) (ul)

PronunciationEdit

Revised Romanization? uri
Revised Romanization (translit.)? uli
McCune–Reischauer? uri
Yale Romanization? wuli
Audio
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South Gyeongsang (Busan) pitch accent: 의 / 우에 / 우리

Syllables in red take high pitch. This word always takes high pitch only on the second syllable, except before consonant-initial multisyllabic suffixes, when it takes full low pitch.

PronounEdit

우리 (uri)

  1. we, us
  2. our
  3. (when referring to one's own family members) my
    우리 어머니이번 마을계십니다.
    Uri eomeonineun ibeon jue ma-eure gyesimnida.
    My mother is in town this week.

Usage notesEdit

우리 (uri) often translates best into English as “my”:

  • 우리 (uri jip): “my house” (literally, “our house”)
  • 우리 남편 (uri nampyeon): “my husband” (literally, “our husband”)

Etymology 2Edit

First attested in the Hunmong jahoe (訓蒙字會 / 훈몽자회), 1527, as Middle Korean 우리 (Yale: wuli).

PronunciationEdit

Revised Romanization? uri
Revised Romanization (translit.)? uli
McCune–Reischauer? uri
Yale Romanization? wuli

South Gyeongsang (Busan) pitch accent: 리의 / 리에 / 리까지

Syllables in red take high pitch. This word always takes high pitch only on the first syllable, and lowers the pitch of subsequent suffixes.

NounEdit

우리 (uri)

  1. cage, pen, coop

Middle KoreanEdit

PronunciationEdit

IPA(key): /uli/

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Korean 吾里 (*WUli), from Old Korean (*wu) + unknown suffix *-li.

PronounEdit

우리 (wuli)

  1. we; us
    • 1586, Widow of Yi Eung-tae, Letter excavated from the grave of Yi Eung-tae:
      ᄆᆡ야ᇰ자내ᄃᆞ려내닐오ᄃᆡᄒᆞᆫᄃᆡ누어셔이보소ᄂᆞᆷ도우리ᄀᆞ티서ᄅᆞ에엿ᄲᅵ녀겨ᄉᆞ라ᇰᄒᆞ리ᄂᆞᆷ도우리ᄀᆞᄐᆞᆫ가
      moyyang canay-tolye na-y nilwotoy hontoy nwuesye, "i pwoswo, nom-two wuli kothi selo eyyesspi nyekye solang-holi? nom-two wuli kothonka?"
      All the time, I used to say to you—while we were lying together—"Hey, do you think other [wives and husbands] look at each other as prettily and love each other as much as we do? Do you think they're like us too?"
DescendantsEdit
  • Korean: 우리 (uri)

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

우리 (wuli)

  1. cage, pen, coop
DescendantsEdit