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Elder in Chinese / Japanese...

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Senpai / The Elder or Master

China xiān bèi
Japan sen pai
Senpai / The Elder or Master Vertical Wall Scroll

先輩 is a Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean word or title that means elders, senior (at work or school), superior, older graduate, progenitor, or old-timer.

In American dojos, this is sometimes romanized as Sempai.

Big Brother / Elder Brother

China ā xiōng
Japan akei
Big Brother / Elder Brother Vertical Wall Scroll

阿兄 is a Chinese and Japanese title for elder brother.

阿兄 is an honorific title, like saying, "my dear brother." I nice way to pay tribute to your big brother, or older brother on your wall.

Fraternity

University Brotherhood / House
China xiōng dì huì
Fraternity Vertical Wall Scroll

兄弟會 is the word in Chinese for a college fraternity or some other kind of fraternal order.

Literally, these characters mean "Elder brother younger brother association." The last character can also be translated as a group, union, gathering, assembly, meeting, or conference.

Red Envelope

China hóng bāo
Red Envelope Vertical Wall Scroll

This literally means, "red treasure."

Depending on context, it can also mean, "money wrapped in red as a gift," "a bonus payment," "a kickback," or "a bribe."

However, most of the time, this is an innocent gift of money in a red envelope that is given from an elder relative to a youngster. This usually happens during Chinese New Years. It can also happen in preparation for, or during a wedding in China.

紅包 is called a "Hong Bao" in Chinese. Filipino Chinese call it an "Ang Pao." There are a few other variations.

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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

兄弟

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Mandarin xiōng dì / xiong1 di4
Taiwan hsiung ti
Japanese kyoudai(p);keitei / kyodai(p);kete / きょうだい(P);けいてい
Red Envelope Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese brothers; younger brother; CL:個|个[ge4]; I, me (humble term used by men in public speech); brotherly; fraternal
Japanese (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
Elder and younger brothers; brother, brethren, i. e. members of the fraternity.

先輩


先辈

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

阿兄

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Mandarin ā xiōng / a1 xiong1
Taiwan a hsiung
Japanese akei / ake / あけい
Red Envelope Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese elder brother
Japanese elder brother; my dear brother

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Mandarin zhàng / zhang4
Taiwan chang
Japanese dake / だけ
Chinese measure of length, ten Chinese feet (3.3 m); to measure; husband; polite appellation for an older male
Japanese (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
Ten feet; an elder; a wife's parents; a husband.

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Mandarin xiōng / xiong1
Taiwan hsiung
Japanese nii / ni / にい
Chinese elder brother
Japanese (suffix noun) (familiar language) (See お兄さん) older brother
Elder brother.

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Mandarin/ ge1
Taiwan ko
Japanese uta / うた
Chinese elder brother
Elder brother; a song

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Mandarin dài // dà / dai4 // da4
Taiwan tai // ta
Japanese dai / だい
Chinese see 大夫[dai4 fu5]; big; huge; large; major; great; wide; deep; older (than); oldest; eldest; greatly; very much; (dialect) father; father's elder or younger brother
Japanese (prefix) (1) the large part of; (2) big; large; great; (suffix) (3) approximate size; no larger than; (4) (abbreviation) (See 大学・1) -university; (5) large (e.g. serving size); loud (e.g. volume setting)
Maha. 摩訶; 麼賀. Great, large, big; all pervading, all-embracing; numerous 多; surpassing ; mysterious 妙; beyond comprehension 不可思議; omnipresent 體無不在. The elements, or essential things, i.e. (a) 三大 The three all-pervasive qualities of the 眞如 q.v. : its 體, 相 , 用 substance, form, and functions, v. 起信論 . (b) 四大 The four tanmātra or elements, earth, water, fire, air (or wind) of the 倶舍論. (c)五大 The five, i.e. the last four and space 空, v. 大日經. (d) 六大 The six elements, earth, water, fire, wind, space (or ether), mind 識. Hīnayāna, emphasizing impersonality 人空, considers these six as the elements of all sentient beings; Mahāyāna, emphasizing the unreality of all things 法空, counts them as elements, but fluid in a flowing stream of life, with mind 識 dominant; the esoteric sect emphasizing nonproduction, or non-creation, regards them as universal and as the Absolute in differentiation. (e) 七大 The 楞嚴經 adds 見 perception, to the six above named to cover the perceptions of the six organs 根.

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Japanese ane / あね Chinese older sister
Japanese (humble language) older sister; elder sister

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Chinese wife or senior concubine of husbands older brother (old); elder sister (old); surname Si

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Mandarin sǎo / sao3
Taiwan sao
Japanese aniyome / あによめ
Chinese older brother's wife; sister-in-law
Japanese elder brother's wife; sister-in-law


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Chinese (dialect) elder sister (old)

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Japanese kon / こん Chinese descendant; elder brother; a style of Chinese poetry

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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Chinese descendant; elder brother

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Mandarin lǎo / lao3
Taiwan lao
Japanese rou / ro / ろう
Chinese 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
Japanese (prefix noun) old age; age; old people; the old; the aged; senior; elder
jarā; old, old age; old age, decay (Skt. jarā)

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


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Mandarin zhǎng // cháng / zhang3 // chang2
Taiwan chang // ch`ang / chang // chang
Japanese chou / cho / ちょう
Chinese chief; head; elder; to grow; to develop; to increase; to enhance; length; long; forever; always; constantly
Japanese (1) head; chief; leader; elder; (2) (See 短・1) merit; strong point; (3) superiority; (4) {music} (See 短・2) major
chang, long; always; zhang, to grow, rising, senior.

お姉

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

丈人

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

三綱


三纲

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Mandarin sān gāng / san1 gang1
Taiwan san kang
Japanese sangou / sango / さんごう
Japanese {Buddh} three monastic positions with management roles at a temple
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

上座

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Mandarin shàng zuò / shang4 zuo4
Taiwan shang tso
Japanese kamiza;jouza / kamiza;joza / かみざ;じょうざ
Chinese seat of honor
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) chief seat; seat of honor; seat of honour; head of the table
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

上長

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Japanese jouchou / jocho / じょうちょう Japanese one's superior; senior; elder

亡兄

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

亡姉

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

令兄

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

令姉

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Japanese reishi / reshi / れいし Japanese your elder sister

仲兄

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

伯伯

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

伯母

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Mandarin bó mǔ / bo2 mu3
Taiwan po mu
Japanese uba / うば
Chinese 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]
Japanese aunt

伯父

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

元勲

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Japanese genkun / げんくん Japanese elder statesman

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Senpai
The Elder or Master
先輩
先辈
sen pai / senpaixiān bèi / xian1 bei4 / xian bei / xianbeihsien pei / hsienpei
Big Brother
Elder Brother
阿兄akeiā xiōng / a1 xiong1 / a xiong / axionga hsiung / ahsiung
Fraternity兄弟會
兄弟会
xiōng dì huì
xiong1 di4 hui4
xiong di hui
xiongdihui
hsiung ti hui
hsiungtihui
Red Envelope紅包
红包
hóng bāo / hong2 bao1 / hong bao / hongbaohung pao / hungpao
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