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From Japanese 花魁, literally ‘flower-leader’.

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oiran (plural oiran or oirans)

  1. A high-status courtesan in Japan.
    • 2002, Donald Richie, The Inland Sea (Stone Bridge Press 2002, p. 192)
      The oiran of Mitarai was not like the geisha. Like the great eighteenth-century courtesans of Europe, she knew who and what she was and turned wanton provocation into an art.

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oiran

  1. third-person plural future indicative form of oir

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oiran

  1. Rōmaji transcription of おいらん