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Midnight

China wǔ yè
Midnight

午夜 is the best way to write midnight in Chinese for the purposes of calligraphy artwork.

Midnight

Japan mayonaka
Midnight

真夜中 is the Japanese title for midnight or "the dead of night."

This can also be a Japanese female given name pronounced Sayana.

Tranquil Midnight

China yè shēn rén jìng
Tranquil Midnight

This literally means, "Night Deep/Dark People Quiet/Tranquil."

In more natural English, some translate this as "late night, all is quiet," "tranquil midnight," or "in the dead of night" (implying the dead quiet of midnight).

Tranquil Midnight

China yōu jìng de wǔ yè
Tranquil Midnight

幽靜的午夜 is a way to express the emotions that you might feel at midnight. Beyond peaceful, quiet or tranquil, there is an idea of being remote or lonesome, buried in the meaning of the first two characters.

Tranquil Night

Japan seiya
Tranquil Night

静夜 is a Japanese word meaning, "quiet night" or "tranquil night." It implies late night, such as midnight.

静夜 is also a female given name in Japanese, Seiya.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

午夜

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Mandarin wǔ yè / wu3 ye4
Taiwan wu yeh
Chinese midnight
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真夜中

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Japanese mayonaka / まよなか Japanese (n-adv,n-t) dead of night; midnight; (female given name) Sayana
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Mandarin zi / zi
Taiwan tzu
Japanese ne / ね    shi / し    kou / ko / こう
Chinese (noun suffix); son; child; seed; egg; small thing; 1st earthly branch: 11 p.m.-1 a.m., midnight, 11th solar month (7th December to 5th January), year of the Rat; Viscount, fourth of five orders of nobility 五等爵位[wu3 deng3 jue2 wei4]; ancient Chinese compass point: 0° (north)
Japanese first sign of Chinese zodiac (The Rat, 11pm-1am, north, November); (1) child (esp. a boy); (2) (See 子爵) viscount; (3) (honorific or respectful language) master (founder of a school of thought, esp. Confucius); (4) (See 諸子百家) philosophy (branch of Chinese literature); non-Confucian Hundred Schools of Thought writings; (5) (archaism) you (of one's equals); (suffix noun) (6) -er (i.e. a man who spends all his time doing...); (1) (obscure) child; (n,n-suf) (2) (obscure) interest; (personal name) Nene; (place-name) Ne; (given name) Shigeru; (female given name) Konoe; (surname) Ko
kumāra; son; seed; sir; 11-1 midnight; child

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三更

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Mandarin sān gēng / san1 geng1
Taiwan san keng
Japanese sankou / sanko / さんこう
Chinese third of the five night watch periods 23:00-01:00 (old); midnight; also pr. [san1 jin1]
Japanese third watch of the night (approx. 11 pm to 1 am); (place-name) Mifuke

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中夜

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Mandarin zhōng yè / zhong1 ye4
Taiwan chung yeh
Japanese chuuya / chuya / ちゅうや
Japanese (1) {Buddh} (See 六時) midnight period; midnight service; (2) (archaism) winter solstice; (surname) Nakaya
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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兜魚

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Japanese kabutouo / kabutoo / かぶとうお Japanese (1) (kana only) large-headed midnight fish (Poromitra crassiceps); (2) armored fish; armoured fish

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六時


六时

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Mandarin liù shí / liu4 shi2
Taiwan liu shih
Japanese rokuji / ろくじ
Japanese (1) six o'clock; (2) (Buddhist term) six periods of a day (morning, midday, afternoon, evening, midnight, late night)
The six 'hours' or periods in a day, three for night and three for day, i. e. morning noon, evening; night, midnight, and dawn. Also, the six divisions of the year, two each of spring, summer, and winter; six hours

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冑魚

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Japanese kabutouo / kabutoo / かぶとうお Japanese (1) (kana only) large-headed midnight fish (Poromitra crassiceps); (2) armored fish; armoured fish

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半夜

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Mandarin bàn yè / ban4 ye4
Taiwan pan yeh
Japanese hanya / はんや
Chinese midnight; in the middle of the night
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) midnight

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半宵

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Japanese hanshou / hansho / はんしょう Japanese midnight

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四上

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Mandarin sì shàng / si4 shang4
Taiwan ssu shang
Japanese shijō
The four times a day of going up to worship— daybreak, noon, evening, and midnight; four times of worship

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夜半

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Mandarin yè bàn / ye4 ban4
Taiwan yeh pan
Japanese yahan;yowa / やはん;よわ
Chinese midnight
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) midnight; dead of night; (given name) Yahan
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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夜宵

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Mandarin yè xiāo / ye4 xiao1
Taiwan yeh hsiao
Japanese yayoi / やよい
Chinese midnight snack
Japanese (female given name) Yayoi

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夜食

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Japanese yashoku / やしょく Japanese supper; night meal; late-night snack; "fourth meal"; midnight snack

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子夜

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Mandarin zǐ yè / zi3 ye4
Taiwan tzu yeh
Chinese midnight

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宵夜

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Mandarin xiāo yè / xiao1 ye4
Taiwan hsiao yeh
Chinese midnight snack; late-night snack

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後夜


后夜

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Mandarin hòu yè / hou4 ye4
Taiwan hou yeh
Japanese goya / ごや
Japanese (1) period from midnight until the early morning; (2) (See 寅の刻) around 4 in the morning
The third division of the night; latter part of the evening

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正子

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Mandarin zhèng zǐ / zheng4 zi3
Taiwan cheng tzu
Japanese shoushi / shoshi / しょうし
Chinese positron; also called 正電子|正电子[zheng4 dian4 zi3]
Japanese midnight; (surname) Masago; (female given name) Masako; (female given name) Mako; (given name) Chonja; (female given name) Tadako; (female given name) Seiko; (personal name) Shouji; (female given name) Shouko

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深更

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Japanese shinkou / shinko / しんこう Japanese middle of the night; dead of night; midnight

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白夜

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Mandarin bái yè / bai2 ye4
Taiwan pai yeh
Japanese byakuya;hakuya / びゃくや;はくや
Chinese white night
Japanese white night (i.e. at the North or South Pole); short night; night under the midnight sun; (given name) Byakuya; (female given name) Hakuya

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轉鐘

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Mandarin zhuǎn zhōng / zhuan3 zhong1
Taiwan chuan chung
Chinese past midnight

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零時

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Mandarin líng shí / ling2 shi2
Taiwan ling shih
Japanese reiji / reji / れいじ
Chinese midnight; zero hour
Japanese twelve o'clock; midnight; noon

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頂辺

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Japanese tehen / てへん    teppen / てっぺん Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) (kana only) top; summit; apex; peak; (2) (kana only) (obscure) top of one's head; top of a helmet; (top of) scalp; crown; (1) (kana only) top; summit; apex; peak; (2) (kana only) (slang) twelve o'clock (usu. midnight); (3) (kana only) (obscure) top of one's head; top of a helmet; (top of) scalp; crown

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上半夜

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Mandarin shàng bàn yè / shang4 ban4 ye4
Taiwan shang pan yeh
Chinese first half of the night; time before midnight

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九つ時

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Japanese kokonotsudoki / ここのつどき Japanese (archaism) (approx.) 12 o'clock (am or pm); noon; midnight

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前半夜

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Mandarin qián bàn yè / qian2 ban4 ye4
Taiwan ch`ien pan yeh / chien pan yeh
Chinese first half of the night (from nightfall to midnight)

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十二時

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Japanese juuniji / juniji / じゅうにじ Japanese twelve o'clock; noon; midnight

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十二獸


十二兽

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Mandarin shí èr shòu / shi2 er4 shou4
Taiwan shih erh shou
Japanese jūnishū
The twelve animals for the "twelve horary branches" with their names, hours, and the Chinese transliterations of their Sanskrit equivalents; v. 大集經 23 and 56. There are also the thirty-six animals, three for each hour. The twelve are: Serpent 蛇 巳, 9-11 a.m. 迦若; Horse 馬午, 11-1 noon 兜羅; Sheep 羊未, 1―3 p.m. 毘梨支迦; Monkey 猴申, 3-5 p.m. 檀尼毘; Cock 鶏酉, 5-7 p.m. 摩迦羅; Dog 大戌, 7-9 p.m. 鳩槃; Boar 豕亥, 9-11 p.m.彌那; Rat 鼠子, 11-1 midnight 彌沙; Ox 牛丑 1-3 a.m. 毘利沙; Tiger (or Lion) 虎寅, 3―5 a.m. 彌倫那; Hare 兎卯, 5-7 a.m. 羯迦吒迦; Dragon 龍辰, 7-9 a.m 絲阿.

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午前様

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Japanese gozensama / ごぜんさま Japanese (exp,n) (See 御前様・ごぜんさま) coming home after midnight; person who comes home after midnight

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夜々中

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Japanese yoruyonaka / よるよなか Japanese (temporal noun) midnight

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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
Midnight午夜wǔ yè / wu3 ye4 / wu ye / wuyewu yeh / wuyeh
Midnight真夜中mayonaka
Tranquil Midnight夜深人靜
夜深人静
yè shēn rén jìng
ye4 shen1 ren2 jing4
ye shen ren jing
yeshenrenjing
yeh shen jen ching
yehshenjenching
Tranquil Midnight幽靜的午夜
幽静的午夜
yōu jìng de wǔ yè
you1 jing4 de wu3 ye4
you jing de wu ye
youjingdewuye
yu ching te wu yeh
yuchingtewuyeh
Tranquil Night静夜seiya
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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