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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

nǚ wáng
jo ou
Queen Vertical Wall Scroll

女王 is one way to write queen in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

女王 is not the same thing as an empress.

The first character means "woman" or "female," and the second means "king." So this is literally, "woman king."


See Also:  Empress | Goddess | King | Emperor

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

Emperor

huáng dì
koutei
Emperor Vertical Wall Scroll

From times of old, the emperors of Asia ruled under the authority of God himself. In fact, one definition of an emperor is a ruler put in power by God. This definition separates emperors from the various kings in Chinese history (although defining who is a king versus an emperor gets vague sometimes).

Occasionally, the emperor's wife was widowed, and she took the role of empress until her death (see our entry for empress if that is what you are looking for).


See Also:  Empress | King | Queen

Emperor

huáng
kou
Emperor Vertical Wall Scroll

皇 is the simple, single-character way to write emperor in Chinese and Japanese.


See Also:  Empress | King | Queen


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Queen
Empress
王后ou kou / oukou / o ko / okowáng hòu / wang2 hou4 / wang hou / wanghou
Queen女王jo ou / joou / jo o / joonǚ wáng / nv3 wang2 / nv wang / nvwangnü wang / nüwang
Empress皇后kou gou / kougou / ko go / kogohuáng hòu
huang2 hou4
huang hou
huanghou
Emperor皇帝koutei / koteihuáng dì / huang2 di4 / huang di / huangdihuang ti / huangti
Emperorkou / kohuáng / huang2 / huang


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

皇后

see styles
huáng hòu / huang2 hou4
huang hou
 kougou / kogo / こうごう
Emperor Vertical Wall Scroll
empress; imperial consort
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (Japanese) empress; queen; (surname) Kougou
empress

see styles
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

后宮

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

天后

see styles
tiān hòu / tian1 hou4
t`ien hou / tien hou
 tenkou / tenko / 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; Queen of Heaven

太后

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

女皇

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

娘娘

see styles
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

皇妃

see styles
 kouhi / kohi / こうひ empress; queen

后;妃

see styles
 kisaki;kisai(后)(ok) / きさき;きさい(后)(ok) empress; queen

皇太后

see styles
 koutaigou(p);koutaikou / kotaigo(p);kotaiko / こうたいごう(P);こうたいこう Queen Mother; Empress Dowager; (surname) Koutaigou

老佛爺


老佛爷

see styles
lǎo fó yé / lao3 fo2 ye2
lao fo yeh
title of respect for the queen mother or the emperor's father; nickname for Empress Dowager Cixi 慈禧太后[Ci2 xi3 tai4 hou4]

皇妃;后妃

see styles
 kouhi / kohi / こうひ empress; queen

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