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Queen / Empress

Wife of the King
China wáng hòu
Japan ou kou
Queen / Empress

王后 is another way to write queen in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

王后 is sometimes used for the title of empress.

The first character means "king" and the second means "wife," or a short form to say "wife of the king / emperor." So this is literally, "king's wife" or "emperor's wife." Some will translate this as "queen consort."


See Also:  Queen | Goddess | King | Emperor

Queen

China nǚ wáng
Japan jo ou
Queen

女王 is one way to write queen in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

女王 is not the same thing as an empress.

The first character means "woman" or "female," and the second means "king." So this is literally, "woman king."


See Also:  Empress | Goddess | King | Emperor

Empress

China huáng hòu
Japan kou gou
Empress

皇后 is the title of empress or emperess, the female form of emperor. 皇后 is used in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

While the emperor's reign was for life, if he died, his wife would hold his power. In this case, a woman was the ultimate ruler of the greater part of East Asia (what is now China) until her death and the succession of the emperor's first born son to lead the empire. Numerous times in various Chinese dynasties, an empress took power in this way.

The first character means emperor by itself.

The second character alone can mean "wife of an emperor or king" (the first character clarifies that we are talking about an empress, and not a queen). It can also mean sovereign or last offspring, depending on context.

Note: In some books, this word is translated as queen. While only incorrect if you get technical (because an empress is theoretically a higher level than a queen), the meaning is very similar.

皇后 is sometimes used for the title of queen but more technically, this is the wife of the emperor (a higher level than a queen).


See Also:  Emperor | King | Queen | Phoenix

Emperor

China huáng dì
Japan koutei
Emperor

From times of old, the emperors of Asia ruled under the authority of God himself. In fact, one definition of an emperor is a ruler put in power by God. This definition separates emperors from the various kings in Chinese history (although defining who is a king versus an emperor gets vague sometimes).

Occasionally, the emperor's wife was widowed, and she took the role of empress until her death (see our entry for empress if that is what you are looking for).


See Also:  Empress | King | Queen

Emperor

China huáng
Japan kou
Emperor

皇 is the simple, single-character way to write emperor in Chinese and Japanese.


See Also:  Empress | King | Queen


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

皇后

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Mandarin huáng hòu / huang2 hou4
Taiwan huang hou
Japanese kougou / kogo / こうごう
Chinese empress; imperial consort
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (Japanese) empress; queen; (surname) Kougou
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
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Empress

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Mandarin hòu / hou4
Taiwan hou
Japanese kisaki / きさき
Chinese empress; queen; surname Hou
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (suffix) after; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) empress; queen; (female given name) Kisaki

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后宮

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Japanese kouguu / kogu / こうぐう Japanese (1) empress's palace; queen's palace; (2) empress; queen

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天后

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Mandarin tiān hòu / tian1 hou4
Taiwan t`ien hou / tien hou
Japanese tenkou / tenko / てんこう
Chinese Tin Hau, Empress of Heaven, another name for the goddess Matsu 媽祖|妈祖[Ma1 zu3]; Tin Hau (Hong Kong area around the MTR station with same name)
Japanese queen of heaven
Queen of Heaven, v. 摩利支.

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太后

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Mandarin tài hòu / tai4 hou4
Taiwan t`ai hou / tai hou
Japanese taikou / taiko / たいこう
Chinese Empress Dowager
Japanese empress dowager; queen mother

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女皇

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Mandarin nǚ huáng / nu:3 huang2
Taiwan nü huang
Japanese jokou / joko / じょこう
Chinese empress
Japanese (See 女帝) empress; queen

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娘娘

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Mandarin niáng niang / niang2 niang5
Taiwan niang niang
Japanese nyannyan / ニャンニャン
Chinese queen; empress; imperial concubine; Goddess, esp. Xi Wangmu 王母娘娘 or 西王母, Queen Mother of the West; mother; aunt
Japanese Niangniang (chi:); Chinese goddess

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皇妃

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Japanese kouhi / kohi / こうひ Japanese empress; queen

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后;妃

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Japanese kisaki;kisai(后)(ok) / きさき;きさい(后)(ok) Japanese empress; queen

皇太后

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Japanese koutaigou(p);koutaikou / kotaigo(p);kotaiko / こうたいごう(P);こうたいこう Japanese Queen Mother; Empress Dowager; (surname) Koutaigou

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老佛爺

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Mandarin lǎo fó yé / lao3 fo2 ye2
Taiwan lao fo yeh
Chinese title of respect for the queen mother or the emperor's father; nickname for Empress Dowager Cixi 慈禧太后[Ci2 xi3 tai4 hou4]

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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
Queen
Empress
王后ou kou / oukou / o ko / okowáng hòu / wang2 hou4 / wang hou / wanghou
Queen女王jo ou / joou / jo o / joonǚ wáng / nv3 wang2 / nv wang / nvwangnü wang / nüwang
Empress皇后kou gou / kougou / ko go / kogohuáng hòu
huang2 hou4
huang hou
huanghou
Emperor皇帝koutei / koteihuáng dì / huang2 di4 / huang di / huangdihuang ti / huangti
Emperorkou / kohuáng / huang2 / huang



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