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Mahjong

China má jiàng
Mahjong

麻將 is the Chinese title for the game of mahjong.

Mahjong can also be spelled majiang, mah-jongg, and numerous other variants when played by people of other dialects. While the game originated in China, you will also find it played in Vietnam, South Korea and Japan.

Sparrow

China má què
Japan maa jan
Sparrow

麻雀 is the common and specific name for a hemp sparrow bird in Chinese.

This was also the original name for the game known commonly as Mahjong. You will still see boxes of Mahjong tiles with the title 麻雀 for sparrow instead of the modern 麻將 in Southern China. This title is also used for Mahjong in Japan.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
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Mandarin/ he2
Taiwan ho
Japanese wataru / わたる    wazusaki / わずさき    wazaki / わざき    wasaki / わさき    wakana / わかな    yoshi / よし    yawara / やわら    yamato / やまと    yasura / やすら    yasushi / やすし    yasu / やす    mutsumi / むつみ    madoka / まどか    masa / まさ    honoka / ほのか    hiyori / ひより    hina / ひな    hitoshi / ひとし    hasuyo / はすよ    hasumura / はすむら    nodoka / のどか    nishizaki / にしざき    niko / にこ    nigi / にぎ    nami / なみ    nagoya / なごや    nagomu / なごむ    nagomi / なごみ    nagi / なぎ    takashi / たかし    taira / たいら    shizu / しず    koharu / こはる    kotau / こたう    kanon / かん    kanoo / かのん    kanoe / かのお    kanou / kano / かのえ    kanao / かのう    kanae / かなお    kanau / かなえ    kazuyuki / かなう    kazunori / かずゆき    kazutomo / かずのり    kazuji / かずとも    kazuzaki / かずじ    kazuko / かずざき    kazuki / かずこ    kazu / かずき    izumi / かず    amane / いずみ    aeru / あまね    ai / あえる
Chinese to mix (ingredients) together; to blend; classifier for rinses of clothes; classifier for boilings of medicinal herbs; to combine a powdery substance (flour, plaster etc) with water; Taiwan pr. [huo4]; to complete a set in mahjong or playing cards; to compose a poem in reply (to sb's poem) using the same rhyme sequence; to join in the singing; to chime in with others; and; together with; with; sum; union; peace; harmony; Taiwan pr. [han4] when it means "and" or "with"; surname He; Japanese (food, clothes etc)
Japanese (1) (mathematics term) sum; (2) harmony; peace; (n,n-pref,adj-no) (3) Japan; Japanese-style; (noun or adjectival noun) (kana only) soft; fragile; weak; poorly built; insubstantial; (adj-nari) (archaism) tranquil; calm; quiet; peaceful; calm (at sea); lull; (given name) Wataru; (surname) Wazusaki; (surname) Wazaki; (surname) Wasaki; (female given name) Wakana; (surname, given name) Wa; (female given name) Yori; (given name) Yoshi; (surname, female given name) Yawara; (female given name) Yamato; (female given name) Yasura; (given name) Yasushi; (female given name) Yasu; (female given name) Mutsumi; (female given name) Madoka; (personal name) Masa; (female given name) Honoka; (female given name) Hiyori; (female given name) Hina; (male given name) Hito
Harmony, peace; to blend, mix; with, unite with; respond, rhyme; to be soft
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Peace / Harmony

麻將

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Mandarin má jiàng / ma2 jiang4
Taiwan ma chiang
Chinese mahjong; CL:副[fu4]
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Mahjong

麻雀

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Mandarin má què / ma2 que4
Taiwan ma ch`üeh / ma chüeh
Japanese maajan(p);maajan;maajan / majan(p);majan;majan / マージャン(P);まーじゃん;まあじゃん
Chinese sparrow; (dialect) mahjong
Japanese mahjong (chi:); mah-jongg
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Sparrow

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Mandarin/ yi4
Taiwan i
Japanese yaku / やく    eki;edachi / えき;えだち
Chinese forced labor; corvée; obligatory task; military service; to use as servant; to enserf; servant (old); war; campaign; battle
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) use; service; role; (2) post; position; (3) scoring combination (e.g. in mahjong, card games, etc.); hand; (1) war; campaign; battle; (2) (archaism) unpaid work (ritsuryo system); forced labor; (given name) Mamoru; (personal name) Mamori; (surname) Oose; (surname) En; (surname) Eki

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Mandarin pái / pai2
Taiwan p`ai / pai
Japanese pai / パイ    hai / はい
Chinese mahjong tile; playing card; game pieces; signboard; plate; tablet; medal; CL:片[pian4],個|个[ge4],塊|块[kuai4]
Japanese (n,ctr) {mahj} tile (chi: pai); (1) medal; shield; badge; (2) (See 陀羅尼) card on which dharani (etc.) are written; (3) notice board (in a Zen temple); (4) (See 牌・パイ) tile (mahjong, dominos, etc.)
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin/ hu2
Taiwan hu
Japanese ko / こ
Chinese non-Han people, esp. from central Asia; reckless; outrageous; what?; why?; to complete a winning hand at mahjong (also written 和[hu2]); surname Hu
Japanese (archaism) barbarian tribes surrounding ancient China; (surname) Fu; (surname) Go; (surname) Kou; (surname, given name) Ko; (surname) Ebisuzaki; (surname, given name) Ebisu; (surname) U
How? Why? Hun; Turk; random; hemp; long-lived; pepper, etc.; translit. go, hu.

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Mandarin zhuāng / zhuang1
Taiwan chuang
Japanese chan / チャン
Chinese Japanese variant of 莊|庄
Japanese (suf,ctr) {mahj} counter for games of mahjong (chi: zhuang); (surname) Teien; (personal name) Chon; (personal name) Tadashi; (surname) Soo; (surname) Sousaki; (surname) Sou; (given name) Shou; (surname) Kazari; (surname) Kagari

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ウマ

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Japanese uma / ウマ Japanese {mahj} points paid and received at the end of a game of mahjong based on position (rank)

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和牌

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Mandarin hú pái / hu2 pai2
Taiwan hu p`ai / hu pai
Chinese to win in mahjong

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打牌

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Mandarin dǎ pái / da3 pai2
Taiwan ta p`ai / ta pai
Japanese dahai / だはい
Chinese to play mahjong or cards
Japanese (noun/participle) {mahj} discarding a tile

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捲る

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Japanese mekuru / めくる    makuru / まくる Japanese (transitive verb) (kana only) to turn over; to turn pages of a book; to tear off; to strip off; (transitive verb) (1) (kana only) to turn up; to roll up (e.g. sleeves); (suf,v5r,vt) (2) (kana only) to do a lot of ...; (transitive verb) (3) (slang) (kana only) to stage a comeback (against) (in mahjong, horse racing, etc.); to come from behind

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搬磚


搬砖

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Mandarin bān zhuān / ban1 zhuan1
Taiwan pan chuan
Chinese to do hard physical labor (as a job); (fig.) to play mahjong

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摸牌

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Mandarin mō pái / mo1 pai2
Taiwan mo p`ai / mo pai
Japanese moopai;moohai / モーパイ;モーはい
Chinese to draw a tile (at mahjong); to play mahjong
Japanese (noun/participle) {mahj} identifying a piece by touch

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方城

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Mandarin fāng chéng / fang1 cheng2
Taiwan fang ch`eng / fang cheng
Japanese houjou / hojo / ほうじょう
Chinese square castle; mahjong layout (with the tiles laid out as a square); Fangcheng county in Nanyang 南陽|南阳[Nan2 yang2], Henan
Japanese (place-name, surname) Houjou

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洗牌

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Mandarin xǐ pái / xi3 pai2
Taiwan hsi p`ai / hsi pai
Japanese shiipai;senpai / shipai;senpai / シーパイ;せんパイ
Chinese to shuffle cards
Japanese (1) {mahj} shuffling of tiles; (2) (せんパイ only) cleaning mahjong tiles

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牌型

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Mandarin pái xíng / pai2 xing2
Taiwan p`ai hsing / pai hsing
Chinese hand (in mahjong or card games)

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牌局

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Mandarin pái jú / pai2 ju2
Taiwan p`ai chü / pai chü
Chinese gambling get-together; game of cards, mahjong etc

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玩牌

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Mandarin wán pái / wan2 pai2
Taiwan wan p`ai / wan pai
Chinese to play cards; to play mahjong

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相公

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Mandarin xiàng gong / xiang4 gong5
Taiwan hsiang kung
Chinese lord; master; young gentleman; male prostitute; catamite; mahjong player disqualified by unintentionally taking in the wrong number of dominoes; (old form of address for one's husband) husband

雀卓

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Japanese jantaku / ジャンたく Japanese {mahj} mahjong board

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雀士

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Japanese janshi / ジャンし Japanese {mahj} mahjong player; mahjong enthusiast

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雀牌

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Japanese janpai / ジャンパイ Japanese (abbreviation) {mahj} (See 麻雀牌) mahjong tile

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雀球

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Japanese jankyuu / jankyu / ジャンきゅう Japanese jankyu; combination of Japanese pinball and mahjong

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雀荘

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Japanese jansou / janso / ジャンそう Japanese (mahj) mahjong parlour; mahjong parlor

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雀鬼

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Japanese janki / ジャンき Japanese {mahj} skilled mahjong player

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面子

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Mandarin miàn zi / mian4 zi5
Taiwan mien tzu
Japanese mentsu / メンツ    menko / めんこ
Chinese outer surface; outside; honor; reputation; face (as in "losing face"); self-respect; feelings; (medicinal) powder
Japanese (1) face (chi: mianzi); honour; honor; (2) {mahj} combination of three tiles that form a set; (3) personnel; members; lineup; (4) making up a four to play mahjong; game of slapping cards down to overturn opponent's

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順子

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Mandarin shùn zi / shun4 zi5
Taiwan shun tzu
Japanese shuntsu;juntsu / シュンツ;じゅんツ
Chinese a straight (poker, mahjong)
Japanese {mahj} chow (chi:); three-in-a-row; (female given name) Yoriko; (female given name) Yoshiko; (female given name) Yukiko; (female given name) Michiko; (female given name) Masako; (female given name) Noriko; (female given name) Nobuko; (female given name) Naoko; (female given name) Toshiko; (personal name) Junshi; (female given name) Junko; (female given name) Itoko; (female given name) Ayako

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骨牌

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Mandarin gǔ pái / gu3 pai2
Taiwan ku p`ai / ku pai
Japanese koppai / こっぱい
Chinese dominoes
Japanese (1) playing cards; (2) {mahj} mahjong tiles made of animal bone

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がめる

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Japanese gameru / がめる Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to greedily try to win big (e.g. in mahjong); (2) to swipe; to nick; to pilfer

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ガメる

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Japanese gameru / ガメる Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to greedily try to win big (e.g. in mahjong); (2) to swipe; to nick; to pilfer

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Mahjong麻將
麻将
má jiàng / ma2 jiang4 / ma jiang / majiangma chiang / machiang
Sparrow麻雀maa jan / maajan / ma jan / majanmá què / ma2 que4 / ma que / maquema ch`üeh / machüeh / ma chüeh
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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