Vietnamese edit

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Etymology 1 edit

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Adjective edit

sắc

  1. (Northern Vietnam) sharp (able to cut easily)
    Synonym: bén
    Antonym: cùn
    thanh sắcthe phonemic tone as in the word sắc; either of the phonetic tones as in the words sắc (a checked tone) and sắn
    sắc sảosharp(-minded)
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Etymology 2 edit

Sino-Vietnamese word from (color; beauty).

Noun edit

sắc

  1. a variant of a color; a shade, a tone, a tint, etc.
    sắc mặta complexion
    thất sắc(of the face) to become pale
  2. (literary or fixed expressions) color
    Synonym: màu
    bảy sắc cầu vồngthe seven colors of the rainbow
  3. (archaic) Short for sắc đẹp or clipping of nhan sắc (womanly beauty).
    tửu sắcliquor and beautiful women, what men enjoy the most
    tài sắc vẹn toàn(of a woman) both talented and beautiful
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Etymology 3 edit

Sino-Vietnamese word from .

Noun edit

sắc

  1. (historical) an imperial order; an imperial edict
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