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一言九鼎 is an ancient Chinese proverb used in modern times talk of profound or powerful words.
The literal meaning is, "one word [worth] nine [sacred] tripods." The tripod is a highly-prized three-legged (sometimes four-legged) metal pot or kettle of ancient China. They are often made of bronze, and the Emperor would have very large ones gilded in gold. See the image to the right for an example.
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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| yī yán jiǔ dǐng / yi1 yan2 jiu3 ding3
i yen chiu ting
one word worth nine sacred tripods (idiom); words of enormous weight
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Words Have Enormous Weight|
One Word Worth Nine Caldrons
|一言九鼎||yī yán jiǔ dǐng|
yi1 yan2 jiu3 ding3
yi yan jiu ding
|i yen chiu ting
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