The name Elder in Chinese / Japanese...

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 āi dé
Elder Scroll

This is a common Mandarin Chinese transliteration for the male Portuguese/Latin name Élder or Elder.

Senpai / The Elder or Master

 xiān bèi
 sen pai
Senpai / The Elder or Master 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

 ā xiōng
Big Brother / Elder Brother Scroll

阿兄 is a Chinese and Japanese title for elder brother.

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


University Brotherhood / House

 xiōng dì huì
Fraternity 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

 hóng bāo
Red Envelope Scroll

紅包 literally means “red treasure.”

Depending on the 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 the Chinese New Year. It can also happen in preparation for or during a wedding in China.

紅包 is pronounced “Hong Bao” (with an “oh” vowel sound on hong) in Mandarin Chinese. Filipino Chinese call it “Ang Pao.” There are a few other variations.

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Simple Dictionary Definition


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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

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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) Kyōdai
Elder and younger brothers; brother, brethren, i. e. members of the fraternity.



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xiān bèi
    xian1 bei4
hsien pei

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Senpai / The Elder or Master
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

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Big Brother / Elder Brother
elder brother
elder brother; my dear brother

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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; (particle) (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.

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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) (hist) (See 神祇官・2) chief official of the Department of Worship (under the ritsuryō system); (3) (abbreviation) (See 伯剌西爾・ブラジル) Brazil; (surname, given name) Haku
eldest brother (?)

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 kei / ke
elder brother
(suffix noun) (familiar language) (See お兄さん・1) older brother; elder brother; (personal name) Kei
Elder brother.

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elder brother
(surname) Uta
Elder brother.

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older sister
(humble language) older sister; elder sister

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

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older brother's wife; sister-in-law
elder brother's wife; sister-in-law

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(dialect) elder sister (old)

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descendant; elder brother; a style of Chinese poetry
(s,m) Kon

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descendant; elder brother

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 rou / ro
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
(n,n-pref,n-suf) (1) old age; age; old people; the old; the aged; senior; elder; (pronoun) (2) (archaism) (humble language) (used by the elderly) I; me; my humble self; (surname) Rou
jarā; old, old age.

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

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


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zhàng rén
    zhang4 ren2
chang jen
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
 sankou / sanko
{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.


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shàng zuò
    shang4 zuo4
shang tso


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shàng zuò
    shang4 zuo4
shang tso
 jouza / joza
seat of honor
(n,vs,adj-no) chief seat; seat of honor; seat of honour; head of the table; (place-name) Jōza
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.


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one's superior; senior; elder; (place-name, surname) Kaminaga


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shì mǔ
    shi4 mu3
shih mu
wife of father's elder brother (old)


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 boukei / boke
one's deceased elder brother


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 boushi / boshi
one's late elder sister


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lìng xiōng
    ling4 xiong1
ling hsiung
 reikei / reke
Your esteemed older brother (honorific)
(honorific or respectful language) your elder brother


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 reishi / reshi
(honorific or respectful language) your elder sister


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 chuukei / chuke
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
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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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Elder埃德āi dé / ai1 de2 / ai de / aideai te / aite
The Elder or Master
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
xiōng dì huì
xiong1 di4 hui4
xiong di hui
hsiung ti hui
Red Envelope紅包
hóng bāo / hong2 bao1 / hong bao / hongbaohung pao / hungpao
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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