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This is prince in Chinese characters and Japanese Kanji. If you look at the meaning of each character, the first means king, and the second means son (or child). Thus, "King's Son", "Son of the King", or "King's Child", is the literal meaning of this title.
These four characters together relay the meaning that can be expressed in English as, "When three people say there's a tiger running in the street, you believe it".
Of course, there is an ancient story behind this idiom...
This is actually a proverb that resulted from a conversation that occurred around 300 B.C.
The conversation was between the king of the Wei kingdom and one of the king's ministers named Pang Cong.
It was near the end of one of many wars, this time with the Zhao kingdom. Pang Cong was to be sent by the king to the Zhao kingdom with the king's son who was to be held hostage. It was common at the time for a king to make his son a hostage to secure stable peace between warring kingdoms.
Before minister Pang Cong departed, he asked his king, "If one person told you there was a tiger running in the street, would you believe it?".
"No", the king said.
The minister continued, "What if two people told you?"
The king replied, "Well, I would have my doubts, but I might believe it".
The minister continued, "So, what if three people told you that there is a tiger running in the streets?"
The king replied, "Yes, I would believe it, it must be true if three people say it".
The minister then reminded the king, "Your son and I are now traveling far away to live in the distant Zhao kingdom - much farther from your palace than the street. Rumors may fly about me in my absence, so I hope your majesty will weight such rumors appropriately".
The king replied, "I have every trust in you, do not worry"
While the minister was gone, the king's enemies gossiped about minister Pang Cong on many occasions. At first, the king thought nothing of these comments and rumors. But slowly as the rumors mounted, the king began to suspect ill of his minister.
Some time later when peace was well-established, the minister and prince were freed and returned to the kingdom of Wei. The king received his son, BUT DID NOT EVEN SUMMON MINISTER PANG CONG TO THE PALACE!
Hopefully this story will help you see how dangerous words can be when used to promote rumors, or create ill will. And perhaps will inspire you to not believe everything you hear.
There is also a secondary suggestion in this idiom that gossip is as ferocious as a tiger. Some Chinese people who don't know the ancient story above may believe that this scroll means that rumors are as vicious as three tigers.
Note: This proverb appears in my Korean dictionary, but is not well-known in Korea.
This means "Shakyamuni" in Chinese. This same Buddha is also known as "Siddhartha Gautama", "Gotama Buddha", "Tathagata", or simply, "The Supreme Buddha".
This is the legendary man and prince who eventually established the Buddhist religion.
Note: Occasionally Romanized as "Siddhattha Gotama".
This combination of characters is sometimes seen and used in South Korea and Japan as well (with the same meaning).
This title means, "Warrior Within" from the Chinese video game title, "Prince of Persia: Warrior Within".
This more literally means "warrior or the heart", or "warrior of the soul/mind".
This means "adoring love" in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
The best kind of love to have I suppose. This word has the well-know character for love. But the second character modifies and/or reinforces the meaning to become adore, adoring love, or to love and adore.
I say that I suppose this is the best kind of love because adoring someone is fine, until you are in the shoes of the Prince of the Kingdom of Wu. This Prince adored a certain beautiful woman (Xi Shi) so much that he neglected his duties, and soon let the kingdom fall into ruins.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your prince search...
|Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| jun / jun1
| monarch; lord; gentleman; ruler
(n,suf) Mr (junior); master; boy; (suffix) (honorific or respectful language) suffix appended to somebody else's family members; (archaism) (colloquialism) you; (pronoun) (1) (masculine speech) (familiar language) you; buddy; pal; (2) monarch; ruler; sovereign; (one's) master; (personal name) Kunji; (personal name) Kun; (personal name) Kiminori; (surname) Kimizaki; (f,s) Kimi
Prince, noble, ideal man or woman; translit. kun.
| fù / fu4
| tutor; surname Fu
(archaism) instructor; tutor (to a prince); (surname) Fu; (personal name) Den
To superintend, teach; a tutor; to paint; a function; annex.
| gōng / gong1
| public; collectively owned; common; international (e.g. high seas, metric system, calendar); make public; fair; just; Duke, highest of five orders of nobility 五等爵位[wu3 deng3 jue2 wei4]; honorable (gentlemen); father-in-law; male (animal)
(n,suf) (1) public matter; governmental matter; (2) prince; duke; (n,n-suf) (3) lord; sir; (suffix noun) (4) familiar or derogatory suffix; (pronoun) (1) (masculine speech) (familiar language) you; buddy; pal; (2) monarch; ruler; sovereign; (one's) master; (adj-no,n) public; open; formal; official; governmental; (given name) Hiromu; (female given name) Hiromi; (given name) Hiroshi; (given name) Tooru; (given name) Tadashi; (personal name) Takashi; (female given name) Shizuka; (male given name) Satoshi; (personal name) Kouji; (personal name) Koushou; (given name) Kou; (given name) Kin; (given name) Kimihiro; (personal name) Kiminori; (f,s) Kimi; (given name) Isao; (female given name) Akira
Public, general, official; a duke, grandparent, gentleman; just, fair.
| zhǐ / zhi3
| earth-spirit; peace; but; only
To revere, venerate; only; translit. j in 祇園精舍; 祇樹給孤獨園 The vihāra and garden Jetavana, bought by Anāthapiṇḍaka from prince Jeta and given to Śākyamuni.
| wáng / wang2
| to rule; to reign over; king or monarch; best or strongest of its type; grand; great; surname Wang
emperor; king; prince; (n,n-suf) (1) king; ruler; sovereign; monarch; (2) tycoon; magnate; champion; master; (3) (shogi) king; (surname) Wan; (surname) Yuu; (surname) Chiyan; (surname) Taka; (surname) Shin; (surname) Kimi; (surname) Ki; (surname) On; (surname) Oo; (surname) Ou; (surname) Oi; (surname) O; (surname) Uon
rāja, king, prince, royal; to rule.
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| bì / bi4
| law; variant of 闢|辟[pi4]; king; monarch; to enlist; to repel; to avoid
false; punish; crime; law; ruler
A prince, sovereign, lord; split; punish, repress; perverse; toady; quiet.
| hōng / hong1
kou / ko こう
| death of a prince; swarming
death (of a nobleman, etc.)
| fù / fu4
| prince consort
| sān guāng / san1 guang1
san kō みてる
| the sun, the moon, and the stars
(in hanafuda) a collection of three non-rain light cards; (personal name) Miteru; (surname/given name) Mitsuteru; (surname) Mitsukou; (place-name) Sankou; (given name) Kazumitsu
(三光天) Sun, moon, and stars. Also, in the second dhyāna of the form-world there are the two deva regions 少光天, 無量光天, and 光音天q.v. Also 觀音 Avalokiteśvara is styled 日天子sun-prince, or divine son of the sun, 大勢至 Mahāsthāmaprapta is styled 月天子 divine son of the moon, and 虛空藏菩薩 the bodhisattva of the empyrean, is styled 明星天子 divine son of the bright stars.
| wǔ wèi / wu3 wei4
| (1) fifth court rank; (2) (abbreviation) black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax); night heron; (3) (Buddhist term) five ranks; five stages; (place-name/surname) Goi
The five categories, or divisions; there are several groups, e. g. (1) Hīnayāna and Mahāyāna have groupings of all phenomena under five heads, i. e. Hīnayāna has 75 法 which are 11 色法, 1 心法, 46 心所法, 14 不相離法, and 3 無爲法; Mahāyāna has 100 法 which are 8 心, 51 心所, 11 色, 24 不相因, and 6 無爲法. (2) The five divisions of 唯識 are 資糧位, 加行位, 通達位, 修習位, and 究竟 or 佛位. (3) The five evolutions in the womb are: kalalaṃ, embryo-initiation; arbudaṃ, after 27 days; peśī, 37; ghana, 47; praśākha, 57 days when form and organs are all complete. (4) Certain combinations of the 八卦 Eight Diagrams are sometimes styled 五位君臣 five positions of prince and minister.
| liǎo jiào / liao3 jiao4
| A noted disciple named Ajñāta-Kauṇḍinya, v. 阿, also known as拘鄰鄰,了本際 and 知本際. He is described as "a prince of Magadha, maternal uncle of Śākyamuni, whose first disciple he became". He is "to be reborn as Buddha under the name of Samanṭa-Prabhāsa". Eitel.
| reishi / reshi れいし
ryouji / ryoji りょうじ
| prince's message; command of a prince
| imamiya いまみや
|| (1) newly born imperial prince; (2) newly constructed (branch) shrine; (place-name/surname) Imamiya
| jikou / jiko じこう
|| (1) tutor to a daimyo, etc.; (2) tutor to the emperor or crown prince (Meiji period)
| shí zhù / shi2 zhu4
| The ten stages, or periods, in bodhisattva-wisdom, prajñā 般若, are the 十住; the merits or character attained are the 十地 q.v. Two interpretations may be given. In the first of these, the first four stages are likened to entry into the holy womb, the next four to the period of gestation, the ninth to birth, and the tenth to the washing or baptism with the water of wisdom, e.g. the baptism of a Kṣatriya prince. The ten stages are (1) 發心住 the purposive stage, the mind set upon Buddhahood; (2) 治地住 clear understanding and mental control; (3) 修行住 unhampered liberty in every direction; (4) 生貴住 acquiring the Tathāgata nature or seed; (5) 方便具足住 perfect adaptability and resemblance in self-development and development of others; (6) 正心住 the whole mind becoming Buddha-like; (7) 不退住 no retrogression, perfect unity and constant progress; (8) 童眞住 as a Buddha-son now complete; (9) 法王子住 as prince of the law; (10) 灌頂住 baptism as such, e.g. the consecration of kings. Another interpretation of the above is: (1) spiritual resolve, stage of śrota-āpanna; (2) submission to rule, preparation for Sakṛdāgāmin stage; (3) cultivation of virtue, attainment of Sakṛdāgāmin stage; (4) noble birth, preparation for the anāgāmin stage; (5) perfect means, attainment of anāgāmin stage; (6) right mind, preparation for arhatship; (7) no-retrogradation, the attainment of arhatship; (8) immortal youth, pratyekabuddhahood; (9) son of the law-king, the conception of bodhisattvahood; (10) baptism as the summit of attainment, the conception of Buddhahood.
| shí lái / shi2 lai2
| (female given name) Torai
(十來偈) The ten rhymes in "lai", a verse which expresses the Buddhist doctrine of moral determinism, i.e. that the position anyone now occupies is solely the result of his character in past lives; heredity and environment having nothing to do with his present condition, for, whether in prince or beggar, it is the reward of past deeds.
The upright from the forbearing come,
The poor from the mean and greedy come,
Those of high rank from worshippers come,
The low and common from the Prideful come,
Those who are dumb from slanderers come,
The blind and deaf from unbelievers come,
The long-lived from the merciful come,
The short-lived from life, takers come,
The deficient in faculties from command-breakers come,
The complete in faculties from command-keepers come.
| kè hán / ke4 han2
k`o han / ko han
| khan (loanword)
khan. A Turkish term for 'prince'.
| tairan たいらん
|| inspection by the empress or the crown prince
| tairin たいりん
|| visit by the empress or the crown prince
| ookimi おおきみ
|| liege lord; shogunate; emperor; king; prince; (place-name) Ookimi
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Great Lord / Tycoon
| dàn á / dan4 a2
| sudana, 須達拏, 須大拏, 蘇達拏 ; i.e. Sakyamuni as a prince in a former life, when he forfeited the throne by his generosity.
| dài wang // dà wáng / dai4 wang5 // da4 wang2
tai wang // ta
| robber baron (in opera, old stories); magnate; king; magnate; person having expert skill in something
great king; emperor; king; prince; (place-name/surname) Daiou; (surname) Daio; (place-name/surname) Taiou
mahārāja 摩賀羅惹. Applied to the four guardians of the universe, 四大天王.
| tài zǐ / tai4 zi3
t`ai tzu / tai tzu
| crown prince
(1) Crown Prince; (2) (abbreviation) Shotoku Taishi; (female given name) Takako; (place-name) Taishi; (female given name) Taiko; (place-name) Ooshi; (surname) Ooko
Kumaararāja. Crownprince. An epithet of Buddhas, and of Mañjuśrī.
| yì xīn / yi4 xin1
| Grand Prince Yixin (1833-1898), sixth son of Emperor Daoguang, prominent politician, diplomat and modernizer in late Qing
| houtai / hotai ほうたい
|| (noun/participle) having a prince for a president; being the recipient of (an imperial favor, favour); reverential acceptance
| gū yuán / gu1 yuan2
| (孤獨園); 給園; 祗洹; 逝多林 Jetavana, the seven-story abode and park presented to Śākyamuni by Anāthapiṇḍaka, who bought it from the prince Jeta. It was a favourite resort of the Buddha, and 'most of the sūtras (authentic and suppositious) date from this spot'. Eitel.
| miyagou / miyago みやごう
|| Imperial surname; title borne by a prince of the blood as a head of a house
| yoyake よやけ
| house of a prince of the blood; (surname) Yoyake; (surname) Miyake; (surname) Miyaie
| miyasama みやさま
|| prince; princess
| dé rén / de2 ren2
| Naruhito (1960-), crown prince of Japan
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|Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|n/a||sān rén chéng hǔ|
san ren cheng hu
san jen ch`eng hu
|san1 ren2 cheng2 hu3|
san jen cheng hu
|Shakyamuni / The Buddha||释迦牟尼|
|sha ka mu ni|
|shì jiā móu ní|
shi jia mou ni
shih chia mou ni
|shi4 jia1 mou2 ni2|
|n/a||wǔ zhě zhī xīn|
wu zhe zhi xin
wu che chih hsin
|wu3 zhe3 zhi1 xin1|
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