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Empress

huáng hòu
kou gou
Empress Vertical Wall Scroll

皇后 is the title of empress or emperess, the female form of 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 (what is now China) until her death and the succession of the emperor's first born 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 Vertical Wall 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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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

皇后

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huáng hòu / huang2 hou4
huang hou
 kōgō / こうごう
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empress; imperial consort
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (Japanese) empress; queen; (surname) Kougou
empress

葉卡捷琳娜


叶卡捷琳娜

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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
Queen / Empress Vertical Wall Scroll
Yekaterina or Ekaterina (name); Catherine the Great or Catherine the Second (1684-1727), Empress of Russia

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hòu / hou4
hou
 kisaki / きさき
empress; queen
(out-dated kanji) (suffix) after; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) empress; queen; (female given name) Kisaki

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yuán / yuan2
yüan
name of an empress

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zhào / zhao4
chao
name invented for herself by Tang empress Wu Zetian 武則天|武则天[Wu3 Ze2 tian1]

三后

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 sankou / sanko / さんこう Grand Empress Dowager, the Empress Dowager and the Empress Consort

三宮

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 sanguu / sangu / さんぐう (obscure) (See 三后) Grand Empress Dowager, the Empress Dowager and the Empress Consort; (surname) Mimiya

中宮

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 chuuguu / chugu / ちゅうぐう (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

乾陵

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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

亮闇

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 ryouan / ryoan / りょうあん court mourning (for the late emperor or empress); national mourning

佛爺


佛爷

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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]

儀宸

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 gishin / ぎしん empress dowager's home

内裏

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

冊立


册立

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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/participle) imperial investiture; installation

台臨

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 tairin / たいりん visit by the empress or the crown prince

台覧

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 tairan / たいらん inspection by the empress or the crown prince

后宮

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

后座

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

哀家

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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)

国忌

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 kokki / こっき anniversary of the death of an emperor or empress

国母

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 kokubo / こくぼ empress; empress dowager; (place-name, surname) Kokubo

大宮

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 oomiya / おおみや (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

天后

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tiān hòu / tian1 hou4
t`ien hou / tien hou
 ten gō / てんこう
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.

太后

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

女帝

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 jotei / jote / じょてい empress

女皇

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

女院

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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

女雛

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 mebina / めびな Empress doll (in display with Emperor doll)

娘娘

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niáng niang / niang2 niang5
niang niang
 nyannyan / ニャンニャン
queen; empress; imperial concubine; Goddess, esp. Xi Wangmu 王母娘娘 or 西王母, Queen Mother of the West; mother; aunt
Niangniang (chi:); Chinese goddess

宮主


宫主

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gōng zhǔ / gong1 zhu3
kung chu
 miyanushi / みやぬし
imperial empress; milady
(personal name) Miyanushi

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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 go / kogohuáng hòu
huang2 hou4
huang hou
huanghou
Queen
Empress
王后ou kou / oukou / o ko / okowáng hòu / wang2 hou4 / wang hou / wanghou



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