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VietnameseEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Sino-Vietnamese word from , from Middle Chinese ‎(sen).

AdverbEdit

tiên

  1. (only in fixed Sino-Vietnamese expressions) first
    Tiên học lễ, hậu học văn.
    One must learn manners first; education comes later.

Etymology 2Edit

Sino-Vietnamese word from , from Middle Chinese ‎(sjen).

NounEdit

tiên

  1. (in Chinese mythology or literature) a xian, a hermit who trains themself in thousands of years to become a god, or a state of existence between a human (nhân) and a god (thần)
  2. (rare) a god or goddess
  3. (in Western fantasy) a fine, beautiful creature such as a fairy, a pixie, an undine, an elf, a dryad, etc.
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