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Characters Pronunciation
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xiōng dì / xiong1 di4
hsiung ti
 kyoudai(p);keitei / kyodai(p);kete / きょうだい(P);けいてい
 Vertical Wall Scroll
brothers; younger brother; CL:個|个[ge4]; I, me (humble term used by men in public speech); brotherly; fraternal
(1) (See ご兄弟) siblings; brothers and sisters; (2) brothers; (3) siblings-in-law; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; (4) (familiar language) (masculine speech) mate; friend; (personal name) Kyoudai
Elder and younger brothers; brother, brethren, i. e. members of the fraternity.



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xiān bèi / xian1 bei4
hsien pei
 senpai / せんぱい
 Vertical Wall Scroll
elders; former generations
(See 後輩・こうはい) senior (at work or school); superior; elder; older graduate; progenitor; old-timer


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ā xiōng / a1 xiong1
a hsiung
 akei / ake / あけい
 Vertical Wall Scroll
elder brother
elder brother; my dear brother

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zhǎng / zhang3
 chou / cho / ちょう
chief; head; elder; to grow; to develop; to increase; to enhance
(1) head; chief; leader; elder; (2) (See 短・1) merit; strong point; (3) superiority; (4) {music} (See 短・2) major; (surname) Michi
chang, long; always; zhang, to grow, rising, senior.


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yuán lǎo / yuan2 lao3
yüan lao
 genrou / genro / げんろう
senior figure; elder; doyen
(1) elder statesman; doyen; old-timer; authority; (2) Genro (member of a pre-WWII body that informally advised the emperor)


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jiā xiōng / jia1 xiong1
chia hsiung
 kakei / kake / かけい
(polite) my elder brother
(my) elder brother


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fù lǎo / fu4 lao3
fu lao
 furou / furo / ふろう
(village) elder



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zhǎng lǎo / zhang3 lao3
chang lao
 chourou / choro / ちょうろう
elder; term of respect for a Buddhist monk
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) elder; senior; (2) {Buddh} senior monk; (3) dean; presbyter; patriarch; (surname) Nagao
Senior, venerable, title for aged and virtuous monks; also an abbot.


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jiē gǔ mù / jie1 gu3 mu4
chieh ku mu
 niwatoko / にわとこ
elder or elderberry (genus Sambucus)
(kana only) red-berried elder (Sambucus racemosa subsp. sieboldiana); Japanese elderberry; (place-name) Niwatoko

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zhàng / zhang4
 dake / だけ
measure of length, ten Chinese feet (3.3 m); to measure; husband; polite appellation for an older male
(particle) (1) (kana only) only; just; merely; simply; no more than; nothing but; alone; (2) (kana only) as much as; to the extent of; enough to; (given name) Masuo
Ten feet; an elder; a wife's parents; a husband; ten feet

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/ bo2
 haku / はく
father's elder brother; senior; paternal elder uncle; eldest of brothers; respectful form of address; Count, third of five orders of nobility 五等爵位[wu3 deng3 jue2 wei4]
(1) count; earl; (2) (See 神祇官・2) chief official of the Department of Worship; (3) (archaism) eldest brother; (n,n-pref,n-suf) (4) (abbreviation) (See 伯剌西爾・ブラジル) Brazil; Brazilian; (surname, given name) Haku
eldest brother (?)

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xiōng / xiong1
 nii / ni / にい
elder brother
(suffix noun) (familiar language) (See お兄さん) older brother; (personal name) Kei
Elder brother; elder brother

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/ ge1
 ka / うた
elder brother
(surname) Uta
Elder brother; a song

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jiě / jie3
 ane / あね
older sister
(humble language) older sister; elder sister

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/ si4
wife or senior concubine of husbands older brother (old); elder sister (old)

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sǎo / sao3
 aniyome / あによめ
older brother's wife; sister-in-law
elder brother's wife; sister-in-law

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/ xu1
(dialect) elder sister (old)

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kūn / kun1
k`un / kun
 kon / こん
descendant; elder brother; a style of Chinese poetry
(surname) Kon

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kūn / kun1
k`un / kun
descendant; elder brother

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lǎo / lao3
 rou / ro / ろう
prefix used before the surname of a person or a numeral indicating the order of birth of the children in a family or to indicate affection or familiarity; old (of people); venerable (person); experienced; of long standing; always; all the time; of the past; very; outdated; (of meat etc) tough
(prefix noun) old age; age; old people; the old; the aged; senior; elder; (surname) Rou
jarā; old, old age; old age, decay (Skt. jarā)

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/ ji2
Bletilla hyacinthina (mucilaginous); Acronym for the Chinese Elder tree 菫草


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 onee / おねえ (1) (abbreviation) elder sister; (2) (kana only) (slang) effeminate man (often homosexual or transsexual)


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zhàng rén / zhang4 ren2
chang jen
 joujin / jojin / じょうじん
wife's father (father-in-law); old man
(1) (honorific or respectful language) elder; senior; (2) wife's father; father-in-law; (given name) Takehito



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sān gāng / san1 gang1
san kang
 sangou / sango / さんごう
{Buddh} three monastic positions with management roles at a temple; (given name) Sankou
The three bonds, i.e. directors of a monastery: (a) 上座 sthavira, elder, president; (b) 寺主vihārasvāmin, v. 毘 the abbot who directs the temporal affairs; (c) 維那 karmadāna, v. 羯 who directs the monks. Another meaning: (a) 上座; (b) 維那; (c) 典座 vihārapāla, v. 毘director of worship. The three vary in different countries; three cords


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shàng zuò / shang4 zuo4
shang tso


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shàng zuò / shang4 zuo4
shang tso
 kamiza;jouza / kamiza;joza / かみざ;じょうざ
seat of honor
(n,vs,adj-no) chief seat; seat of honor; seat of honour; head of the table; (place-name) Jouza
Sthavira; or Mahāsthavira. Old man, or elder; head monk, president, or abbot; the first Buddhist fathers; a title of Mahākāśyapa; also of monks of twenty to forty-nine years standing, as 中座 are from ten to nineteen and 下座 under ten. The 釋氏要覽 divides presiding elders into four classes, those presiding over monasteries, over assemblies of monks, over sects, and laymen presiding over feasts to monks; ecclesiastical officials


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 jouchou / jocho / じょうちょう one's superior; senior; elder; (place-name, surname) Kaminaga


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 boukei / boke / ぼうけい one's deceased elder brother


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 boushi / boshi / ぼうし one's late elder sister


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lìng xiōng / ling4 xiong1
ling hsiung
 reikei / reke / れいけい
Your esteemed older brother (honorific)
your elder brother


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 reishi / reshi / れいし your elder sister


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 chuukei / chuke / ちゅうけい the younger of two elder brothers


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bó bo / bo2 bo5
po po
father's elder brother; uncle


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bó mǔ / bo2 mu3
po mu
 uba / うば
wife of father's elder brother; aunt; (polite form of address for a woman who is about the age of one's mother); CL:個|个[ge4]
aunt; (surname) Uba


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bó fù / bo2 fu4
po fu
 eoji / えおじ
father's elder brother; term of respect for older man; CL:個|个[ge4]
(archaism) (See 阿叔) uncle (one's father's older brother)


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 genkun / げんくん elder statesman


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 anii / ani / あにい (1) (colloquialism) (familiar language) (See 兄貴・1) elder brother; one's senior; (2) dashing young man; gallant young lad


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 anibun / あにぶん (1) (See 弟分) sworn elder brother; (2) older male in an homosexual relationship


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 ehime / えひめ (archaism) elder princess; older princess


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 aniyome / あによめ elder brother's wife; sister-in-law


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xiōng sǎo / xiong1 sao3
hsiung sao
elder brother and his wife


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 anigo / あにご (humble language) elder brother; (surname) Aniushiro


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 aniki(p);aniki / あにき(P);アニキ (1) (familiar language) (honorific or respectful language) elder brother; (2) one's senior; (3) older man; man older than oneself



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xiōng zhǎng / xiong1 zhang3
hsiung chang
elder brother; term of respect for a man of about the same age



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liù qīn / liu4 qin1
liu ch`in / liu chin
 rokushin / ろくしん
six close relatives, namely: father 父[fu4], mother 母[mu3], older brothers 兄[xiong1], younger brothers 弟[di4], wife 妻[qi1], male children 子[zi3]; one's kin
the six blood relations
The six immediate relations— father and mother, wife and child, elder and younger brothers; six kinds of blood relations, for which there are various definitions



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guó lǎo / guo2 lao3
kuo lao
 koku rō
national elder; national elder


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dà jiě / da4 jie3
ta chieh
Elder sister, a courtesy title for a lay female devotee, or a nun; elder sister


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dà jiě / da4 jie3
ta chieh
big sister; elder sister; older sister (also polite term of address for a girl or woman slightly older than the speaker)


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dà yí / da4 yi2
ta i
(coll.) wife's elder sister; sister-in-law



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dà mā / da4 ma1
ta ma
father's elder brother's wife; aunt (affectionate term for an elderly woman)


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dà sǎo / da4 sao3
ta sao
older brother's wife; sister-in-law; elder sister (respectful appellation for an older married woman)


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dà jǐ / da4 ji3
ta chi
 daiko / ひろき
(personal name) Hiroki
elder monk; elder monk


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 anebun / あねぶん (honorific or respectful language) (See 妹分) someone who one considers as an elder sister


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 anegimi / あねぎみ (honorific or respectful language) elder sister


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 anemusume / あねむすめ elder daughter; older daughter


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 anemuko / あねむこ the husband of one's elder sister


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 anego / あねご (humble language) elder sister


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 aneja / あねじゃ (honorific or respectful language) (abbreviation) elder sister


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 aneki / あねき (1) (familiar language) (honorific or respectful language) (貴 is ateji) elder sister; (2) (honorific or respectful language) older female friend


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 anego / あねご (humble language) elder sister


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yí jiě / yi2 jie3
i chieh
wife's elder sister; sister-in-law


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 jisshi / じっし biological older sister; real elder sister


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 sonkei / sonke / そんけい (pronoun) (polite language) elder brother; elderly person


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zūn sù / zun1 su4
tsun su
A monk honoured and advanced in years; honored elder



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zūn zhǎng / zun1 zhang3
tsun chang
 sonchou / soncho / そんちょう
one's superior; one's elders and betters
one's superiors; one's seniors
an elder; an elder


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 niwatoko / にわとこ (kana only) red-berried elder (Sambucus racemosa subsp. sieboldiana); Japanese elderberry


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 juukei;itoko(gikun) / juke;itoko(gikun) / じゅうけい;いとこ(gikun) (See 従弟) cousin (elder male)


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 juushi;itoko(gikun) / jushi;itoko(gikun) / じゅうし;いとこ(gikun) (See 従妹) cousin (elder female)


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 onee / おねえ (1) (abbreviation) elder sister; (2) (kana only) (slang) effeminate man (often homosexual or transsexual)


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mǐn jì / min3 ji4
min chi
A day of remembrance for a virtuous elder on the anniversary of his birthday; day of memorial for an elder


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 jikei / jike / じけい (obscure) affectionate elder brother


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kūn zhòng / kun1 zhong4
k`un chung / kun chung
(literary) brothers; elder and younger brother



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yuè gài / yue4 gai4
yüeh kai
An elder of Vaiśālī, who at the Buddha's bidding sought the aid of Amitābha, 勢至 (Mahāsthamaprāpta) and Guanyin, especially the last, to rid his people of a pestilence. See Vimalakīrti Sutra; Somachattra


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 sonou / sono / そんおう village elder


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 jikei / jike / じけい second elder brother


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fǎ xiōng / fa3 xiong1
fa hsiung
 hō kei
[elder] dharma brother; [elder] dharma brother


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fǎ juàn / fa3 juan4
fa chüan
[elder] dharma brother; [elder] dharma brother


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fù xiōng / fu4 xiong1
fu hsiung
 fukei / fuke / ふけい
father and elder brother(s); head of the family; patriarch
(1) guardians; parents; (2) father and older brother


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xuán zàng / xuan2 zang4
hsüan tsang
 Genjō / げんじょう
Xuanzang (602-664) Tang dynasty Buddhist monk and translator, who traveled to India 629-645
(given name) Genjou; (person) Xuanzang (602-664)
Xuanzang, whose name is written variously e. g. Hsüan Chuang, Hiüen-tsang, Hiouen Tsang, Yüan Tsang, Yüen Chwang; the famous pilgrim to India, whose surname was 陳 Chen and personal name 禕 Wei; a native of Henan, A. D. 600-664 (Giles). It is said that he entered a monastery at 13 years of age and in 618 with his elder brother, who had preceded him in becoming a monk, went to Chang-an 長安, the capital, where in 622 he was fully ordained. Finding that China possessed only half of the Buddhist classics, he took his staff, bound his feet, and on foot braved the perils of the deserts and mountains of Central Asia. The date of his setting out is uncertain (629 or 627), but the year of his arrival in India is given as 633: after visiting and studying in many parts of India, he returned home, reaching the capital in 645, was received with honour and presented his collection of 657 works, 'besides many images and pictures, and one hundred and fifty relics, 'to the Court. Taizong, the emperor, gave him the 弘福寺 Hongfu monastery in which to work. He presented the manuscript of his famous 大唐西域記 Record of Western Countries in 646 and completed it as it now stands by 648. The emperor Gaozong called him to Court in 653 and gave him the 慈恩寺 Cien monastery in which to work, a monastery which ever after was associated with him; in 657 he removed him to the 玉華宮 Yuhua Gong and made that palace a monastery. He translated seventy-five works in 1335 juan. In India he received the titles of 摩訶耶那提婆 Mahāyānadeva and 木叉提婆 Mokṣadeva; he was also known as 三藏法師 Tripiṭaka teacher of Dharma. He died in 664, in his 65th year.


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lǐ jiā / li3 jia1
li chia


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shēn rì / shen1 ri4
shen jih
candra, the moon; also the name of an elder.


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 sekirou / sekiro / せきろう (obscure) wise and learned elder



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kūn ei / kun1 ei4
k`un ei / kun ei
Within the cave,' the assembly of the elder disciples, after Śākyamuni's death, in the cave near Magadha, when, according to tradition, Kāśyapa presided over the compiling of the Tripiṭaka; while at the same time the 窟外 disciples 'without the cave' compiled another canon known as the 五藏 Pañcapiṭaka. To this separation is ascribed, without evidence, the formation of the two schools of the 上座部 Mahāsthavirāḥ and 大衆部 Mahāsāṅghikaḥ; within the cave


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zhú lín / zhu2 lin2
chu lin
 chikurin(p);takebayashi / ちくりん(P);たけばやし
bamboo forest
bamboo thicket; (surname) Chikurin
(竹林精舍 or竹林寺); 竹林園; 竹林苑 Veṇuvana, 'bamboo-grove,' a park called Karaṇḍaveṇuvana, near Rājagṛha, made by Bimbisāra for a group of ascetics, later given by him to Śākyamuni (Eitel), but another version says by the elder Karaṇḍa, who built there a vihāra for him; bamboo grove



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jié jí / jie2 ji2
chieh chi
 kesshuu / kesshu / けっしゅう
(noun/participle) concentration (of efforts, forces, etc.); gathering together; regimentation; marshalling; mobilization
The collection and fixing of the Buddhist canon; especially the first assembly which gathered to recite the scriptures, Saṅgīti. Six assemblies for creation or revision of the canon are named, the first at the Pippala cave at Rājagṛha under Ajātaśatru, the second at Vaiśālī, the third at Pāṭaliputra under Aśoka, the fourth in Kashmir under Kaniṣka, the fifth at the Vulture Peak for the Mahāyāna, and the sixth for the esoteric canon. The first is sometimes divided into two, that of those within 'the cave', and that of those without, i.e. the intimate disciples, and the greater assembly without; the accounts are conflicting and unreliable. The notable three disciples to whom the first reciting is attributed are Kāśyapa, as presiding elder, Ānanda for the Sūtras and the Abhidharma, and Upāli for the Vinaya; others attribute the Abhidharma to Pūrṇa, or Kāśyapa; but, granted the premises, whatever form their work may have taken, it cannot have been that of the existing Tripiṭaka. The fifth and sixth assemblies are certainly imaginary; Buddhist council


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 mamanee / ままねえ step-sister (elder); stepsister


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lǎo sù / lao3 su4
lao su
sthavira, an old man, virtuous elder; long disciplined


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qí nián / qi2 nian2
ch`i nien / chi nien


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 shakei / shake / しゃけい my elder brother


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 kenkei / kenke / けんけい (pronoun) wise elder brother; polite reference to another's older brother, or to one's senior


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yù jiā / yu4 jia1
yü chia
Ugra, an elder of Śrāvastī, whose name is given to a sutra.



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zhǎng zhě / zhang3 zhe3
chang che
 chouja(p);chousha;chouza / choja(p);chosha;choza / ちょうじゃ(P);ちょうしゃ;ちょうざ
senior; older person
(1) (ちょうじゃ only) millionaire; (2) one's superior; one's elder; one's senior; (3) (archaism) virtuous and gentle person; (4) (ちょうじゃ only) (archaism) female owner of a whorehouse in a post town; (5) (ちょうじゃ only) (archaism) (See 宿駅) chief of a post town; (place-name, surname) Choujiya
揭利呵跋底; 疑叻賀鉢底 gṛhapati. A householder; one who is just, straightforward, truthful, honest, advanced in age, and wealthy; an elder.


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ā gē / a1 ge1
a ko
(familiar) elder brother



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jìng zhǔ / jing4 zhu3
ching chu
The elder presiding over a company of monks in mediation; the elder presiding over a company of monks in mediation


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 onee / おネエ (1) (abbreviation) elder sister; (2) (kana only) (slang) effeminate man (often homosexual or transsexual)


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 aniki / アニキ (1) (familiar language) (honorific or respectful language) elder brother; (2) one's senior; (3) older man; man older than oneself


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 onee / オネエ (1) (abbreviation) elder sister; (2) (kana only) (slang) effeminate man (often homosexual or transsexual)


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shàng zuò bù / shang4 zuo4 bu4
shang tso pu
 jouzabu / jozabu / じょうざぶ
Theravada school of Buddhism
Sthaviravada (early Buddhist movement)
他毘梨典部; 他鞞羅部 Sthavirāḥ; Sthaviranikāya; or Āryasthāvirāḥ. The school of the presiding elder, or elders. The two earliest sections of Buddhism were this (which developed into the Mahāsthavirāḥ) and the Mahāsānghikāḥ or 大衆部. At first they were not considered to be different schools, the 上座部 merely representing the intimate and older disciples of Śākyamuni and the 大衆 being the rest. It is said that a century later under Mahādeva 大天 a difference of opinion arose on certain doctrines. Three divisions are named as resulting, viz. Mahāvihāravāsinaḥ, Jetavanīyāḥ, and Abhayagiri-vāsinaḥ. These were in Ceylon. In course of time the eighteen Hīnayāna sects were developed. From the time of Aśoka four principal schools are counted as prevailing: Mahāsāṅghika, Sthavira, Mūlasarvāstivda, and Saṁmitīya. The following is a list of the eleven sects reckoned as of the 上座部: 說一切有部; 雪山; 犢子; 法上; 賢冑; 正量; 密林山; 化地; 法藏; 飮光; and 經量部. The Sthaviravādin is reputed as nearest to early Buddhism in its tenets, though it is said to have changed the basis of Buddhism from an agnostic system to a realistic philosophy.


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 niisan(p);anisan / nisan(p);anisan / にいさん(P);あにさん (1) (honorific or respectful language) (See お兄さん) older brother; elder brother; (2) brother (as older-brother figure in friendly and or work relationship); (3) (vocative) young man; buddy; fella; laddie


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 saijuukei / saijuke / さいじゅうけい elder second cousin

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