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 huáng hòu
 kou gou
Empress Scroll

皇后 is the title of empress/emperess, the female form of the 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 (now China) until her death and the succession of the emperor's firstborn 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

Queen / Empress

Wife of the King

 wáng hòu
 ou kou
Queen / Empress Scroll

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

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Simple Dictionary Definition


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huáng hòu
    huang2 hou4
huang hou
 kougou / kogo

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empress; imperial consort
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (Japanese) empress; queen; (surname) Kōgou



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yè kǎ jié lín nà
    ye4 ka3 jie2 lin2 na4
yeh k`a chieh lin na
    yeh ka chieh lin na

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Yekaterina or Ekaterina (name); Catherine the Great or Catherine the Second (1684-1727), Empress of Russia

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empress; queen; (archaic) monarch; ruler
(out-dated kanji) (suffix) after; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) empress; queen; (female given name) Kisaki

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name of an empress

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name invented for herself by Tang empress Wu Zetian 武則天|武则天[Wu3 Ze2 tian1]

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 kiri(p); kiri
    きり(P); キリ
tree name (variously Paulownia, Firmiana or Aleurites)
paulownia (Paulownia tomentosa); empress tree; foxglove tree; (surname, female given name) Hisa


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 sankou / sanko
Grand Empress Dowager, the Empress Dowager and the Empress Consort


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 sanguu / sangu
(rare) (See 三后) Grand Empress Dowager, the Empress Dowager and the Empress Consort; (surname) Mimiya


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 chuuguu / chugu
(1) (See 三后) the Empress, the Empress Dowager and the Grand Empress Dowager; (2) emperor's second consort; (3) empress; palace of the empress; (4) building of a Shinto shrine built on middle ground; (5) (See 皇居) demesne of the imperial palace; (place-name, surname) Nakamiya


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qián líng
    qian2 ling2
ch`ien ling
    chien ling
Qianling at Xianyang 咸陽市|咸阳市 in Shaanxi, burial site of third Tang emperor 高宗 and empress Wuzetian 武則天|武则天


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 ryouan / ryoan
court mourning (for the late emperor or empress); national mourning



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fó ye
    fo2 ye5
fo yeh
Buddha (term of respect for Sakyamuni 釋迦牟尼|释迦牟尼[Shi4 jia1 mou2 ni2]); His Holiness (refers to a Buddhist grandee); Buddha; God; emperor; in late Qing court, refers exclusively to Empress Dowager Cixi 慈禧太后[Ci2 xi3 tai4 hou4]


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empress dowager's home



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liù gōng
    liu4 gong1
liu kung
empress and imperial concubines or their residence
(surname) Rokumiya


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(1) imperial palace; (2) (abbreviation) (See 内裏雛) festival dolls representing the emperor and the empress; (place-name) Dairi



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cè lì
    ce4 li4
ts`e li
    tse li
 sakuritsu; sakuryuu / sakuritsu; sakuryu
    さくりつ; さくりゅう
to confer a title on (an empress or a prince)
(noun, transitive verb) imperial investiture; installation


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visit by the empress or the crown prince


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inspection by the empress or the crown prince


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 kouguu / kogu
(1) empress's palace; queen's palace; (2) empress; queen


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hòu zuò
    hou4 zuo4
hou tso
empress's throne; (fig.) first place in a feminine competition


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āi jiā
    ai1 jia1
ai chia
I, me (self-referring by a widowed empress etc, used in historical novels and operas)


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anniversary of the death of an emperor or empress


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empress; empress dowager; (place-name, surname) Kokubo


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(1) (honorific or respectful language) imperial palace; shrine; (2) Grand Empress Dowager; Empress Dowager; (3) woman of imperial lineage who has borne a child; (4) elderly woman of imperial lineage; (place-name, surname) Oomiya


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tiān hòu
    tian1 hou4
t`ien hou
    tien hou
 tenkou / tenko
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)
queen of heaven
Queen of Heaven, v. 摩利支.


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tài hòu
    tai4 hou4
t`ai hou
    tai hou
 taikou / taiko
Empress Dowager
empress dowager; queen mother


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 jotei; nyotei / jote; nyote
    じょてい; にょてい


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nǚ huáng
    nu:3 huang2
nü huang
 jokou / joko
(See 女帝) empress; queen


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 nyouin; nyoin / nyoin; nyoin
    にょういん; にょいん
(honorific or respectful language) (See 院・6) woman bestowed with the title "in" (usu. the empress, imperial princesses, etc.); (personal name) Nyouin


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Empress doll (in display with Emperor doll)

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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
Empress皇后kou gou / kougou / ko gohuáng hòu
huang2 hou4
huang hou
王后ou kou / oukou / o kowáng hòu / wang2 hou4 / wang hou / wanghou


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