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美麗 is a two-character word used often in Chinese, old Korean, and ancient Japanese to express beauty.
I've had a few requests for a "two-character beautiful" and this is by far the best word. 美麗 is not a common word for an Asian person to want on a wall scroll. However, you will see it commonly used as an adjective in phrases, stories, and titles throughout magazines and signage in China.
美麗 can also be translated as gorgeous or lovely.
Note: 美麗 is not commonly used in modern Japan.
美 is often used to describe the beauty of a woman. However, when applied to a man, it can mean handsome. It's also the first character in the word for "beauty salon" which you will see all over China and Japan.
This can be used as the given name for a girl (spell it or say it as "Mei" or "May").
For a bit of trivia: The title for the "USA" in Chinese is "Mei Guo" which literally means "Beautiful Country." This name was bestowed at a time before Chairman Mao came to power and decided that China didn't like the USA anymore (even though we fought together against the Japanese in WWII). But these days, Chinese people love Americans (but have distaste for American politics and policy). But I digress...
美 is also how "Beautiful" is written in Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja. 美 can also mean: very satisfactory; good; to be pleased with oneself; abbreviation for the USA; fine; handsome; admirable; madhura; sweet; pleasant.
美德 written in Chinese or Korean Hanja can also mean "grace of character" or "noble virtue."
There is a slight variation in the modern Japanese Kanji form of the second character. If you want the modern Japanese version, please click on the special Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note that the traditional Chinese form is still readable and understood by Japanese people (it's the ancient Japanese form anyway).
These two characters create a word that means, "harmonious" or, "in perfect harmony." The deeper meaning or more natural translation would be something like, "beautiful life."
The first character means peace and harmony.
The second character means beautiful. But in this case, when combined with the first character, beautiful refers to being satisfied with what you have in your life. This can be having good relations, good feelings, comfort, and having enough (with no feeling of wanting).
Note: In Japanese, this is often used as the name "Wami." This title is probably more appropriate if your audience is Chinese.
美麗的姑娘 is the best way to express "beautiful girl" in Chinese.
See Also: Beauty
美麗的女人 is the best and most polite way to express "beautiful woman" in Chinese.
Note: Some people may like the simple 2-character way to express this but there are some bad connotations with that, so better to stay with this longer and more respectful title.
See Also: Beauty
This can be translated as beautiful view, beautiful scenery, or beautiful sight.
Note: Not a commonly used word in modern Japanese.
美麗的公主 is how to write beautiful princess in Chinese. The first two characters mean feminine beauty, or rather a way to say beautiful that only applies to women. The middle character is just a connecting character. The last two characters mean princess.
See Also: Queen
We don't really have a word like this in English but these two characters create a word that means "strong and beautiful." It could also be translated as "healthy and beautiful."
Note: 健美 is a word in Chinese and Korean but it's also the family name Takemi in Japanese. The characters hold the same meaning in Japanese but It's kind of like having the English name Stillwell, when few people would perceive the meanings of still and well.
While this means mirror in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja, it's commonly used as a metaphor for something beautiful and bright or something that provides clarity and insight.
媛 means, a beauty; beautiful (woman); princess; young lady of noble birth; girl; small & lovely.
媛 is used a bit more commonly in Chinese than Japanese.
Note: This can be the female given name "Hime" in Japanese.
In Chinese, this means Goddess of Beauty.
The first character means beauty or beautiful.
The second character means spirit (can also mean god, goddess, or soul).
Some will use this as a short way to say, "Beautiful Spirit."
This has a similar meaning in Japanese but is used more often as a female given name in Japan. As a Japanese given name, it can be pronounced Mikami, Mikan, or Binasu.
This Japanese Kanji title means beautiful weather, clear and cloudless sky, or clear weather. It's a little odd but if you literally-translated this phrase, it says, "Japanese weather," as if that was an indication of perfect weather (maybe a little arrogant on behalf of Japan - I've experienced a monsoon there, which was unpleasant).
This means "life is good," "life is great," or "life is beautiful" in Japanese.
The first two characters mean "life" (as in your or a human lifespan).
The third character kind of means "is."
The last five characters are a long adjective that means wonderful, splendid, and/or magnificent. In the context of life it reads more like good or beautiful.
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|birei||měi lí / mei3 li2 / mei li / meili|
|měi lì de xīn líng|
mei3 li4 de xin1 ling2
mei li de xin ling
|mei li te hsin ling
|美||bi||měi / mei3 / mei|
|měi lì de líng hún|
mei3 li4 de ling2 hun2
mei li de ling hun
|mei li te ling hun
|Beautiful Soul||美魂||bi tamashi / bitamashi|
美德 / 美徳
|bitoku||měi dé / mei3 de2 / mei de / meide||mei te / meite|
Life in Perfect Harmony
|和美||wa mi / wami||hé měi / he2 mei3 / he mei / hemei||ho mei / homei|
|měi lì de gū niang|
mei3 li4 de gu1 niang
mei li de gu niang
|mei li te ku niang
|měi lì de nǚ rén|
mei3 li4 de nv3 ren2
mei li de nv ren
|mei li te nü jen
|Beautiful Sight||美景||bi kei / bikei||měi jǐng / mei3 jing3 / mei jing / meijing||mei ching / meiching|
|měi lì de gōng zhǔ|
mei3 li4 de gong1 zhu3
mei li de gong zhu
|mei li te kung chu
|Strong and Beautiful||健美||takemi||jiàn měi / jian4 mei3 / jian mei / jianmei||chien mei / chienmei|
|Beautiful Soul||美しい魂||utsukushii tamashii|
|Beautiful Spirit||美しい精神||utsukushi seishin|
|měi lì xīn líng|
mei3 li4 xin1 ling2
mei li xin ling
|mei li hsin ling
|Mirror: Beautiful Clarity||明鏡|
|mei kyou / meikyou / mei kyo / meikyo||míng jìng|
|媛||hime / haru||yuàn / yuan4 / yuan||yüan|
|Goddess of Beauty|
|美神||mikami||měi shén / mei3 shen2 / mei shen / meishen|
|Beautiful Clear Sky||日本晴||nihonbare|
|Life is Good|
Life is Beautiful
|人生は素晴らしい||jinsei wa subarashii |
jinsei wa subarashi
|The Good Life|
|美好的生活||měi hǎo de shēng huó|
mei3 hao3 de sheng1 huo2
mei hao de sheng huo
|mei hao te sheng huo
|Life is Good|
Life is Beautiful
|生活美好||shēng huó měi hǎo|
sheng1 huo2 mei3 hao3
sheng huo mei hao
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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