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geisha

Definition:

a Japanese woman trained to entertain men with conversation, singing, and dancing

Class:

person noun (people)

Plurals:

geisha* | geishas
(* geisha may be used in a singular or plural context)

Type of:

woman » adult » person » organism

Type of:

Japanese » Asian » inhabitant » person

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

geisha girl

Etymology:

"Japanese girl whose profession is to sing and dance to entertain men"; hence, ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Geisha | geiko | geigi

traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music, dance and games. Geisha, like all Japanese nouns, has no distinct singular or plural variants. The word ... (37 of 9827 words, 19 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Geisha

Britannica Encyclopedia:

geisha [female entertainer]

a member of a professional class of women in Japan whose traditional occupation is to entertain men, in modern times, particularly at businessmen's ... (23 of 366 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/227857​/geisha

New World Dictionary:

geisha | geishas [plural]

a Japanese woman trained in singing, dancing, the art of conversation, etc., to serve as a hired companion to men (20 of 39 words, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/geisha

Wiktionary:

geisha | geishas [plural] | geisya | geisha girl [synonym] | geiko [synonym] | maiko [synonym]

A Japanese female entertainer skilled in various arts such as tea ceremony, dancing, singing and calligraphy. (16 of 20 words, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/geisha

Collins Dictionary:

geisha | geishas [plural]

a professional female companion for men in Japan, trained in music, dancing, and the art of conversation (17 of 438 words, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/geisha

Oxford Dictionary:

geisha | geisha girl | geishas [related]

a Japanese hostess trained to entertain men with conversation, dance, and song (12 of 55 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/geisha

Merriam-Webster:

geisha | geishas [plural]

a Japanese girl or woman who is trained to provide entertaining and lighthearted company especially for a man or a group of men (23 of 52 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/geisha

American Heritage Dictionary:

geisha | geishas [plural]

One of a class of professional women in Japan trained from girlhood in conversation, dancing, and singing in order to entertain professional or social ... (24 of 50 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/geisha

Macmillan British Dictionary:

geisha [countable] | geishas [plural]

a Japanese woman whose job is to entertain men by singing, dancing, playing music, and making conversation (17 of 42 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/geisha

Random House Dictionary:

geisha | geishas [plural]

a Japanese woman trained as a professional singer, dancer, and companion for men. (13 of 22 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/geisha

Cambridge Dictionary:

geisha (girl) | geisha girl

a Japanese woman trained in music and dancing whose job is entertaining men (13 of 19 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/geisha-girl

Columbia Encyclopedia:

Japanese

language of uncertain origin that is spoken by more than 125 million people, most of whom live in Japan. There are also many speakers of Japanese in ... (27 of 459 words, pronunciation)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0825983​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

geisha | geishas [plural] | geisha girl: geisha girls [plural] | geisha girls [plural] | geisha girl

a Japanese woman educated to accompany men as a hostess, with skills such as dancing, conversation, and music | a Japanese prostitute (21 of 62 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861674735​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

geisha

First use: 1887

Origin: "Japanese girl whose profession is to sing and dance to entertain men"; hence, loosely, "prostitute", from Japanese, literally "person accomplished in ... (22 of 60 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=geisha

Collins Dictionary:

geisha | geishas [plural]

First use: 19th century

Origin: from Japanese, from gei art + sha person, from Ancient Chinese ngi and che

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/geisha

American Heritage Dictionary:

geisha | geishas [plural]

Origin: Japanese: gei, art (from Middle Chinese ᶇejh) + sha, person (from Middle Chinese tšiaɁ).

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/geisha

New World Dictionary:

geisha | geishas [plural]

Origin: Japanese from Sino-Japanese gei, art (of dancing, singing) + sha, person

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/geisha

Oxford Dictionary:

geisha | geisha girl

Origin: Japanese, "entertainer", from gei "performing arts" + sha "person"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/geisha

Merriam-Webster:

geisha | geishas [plural]

First use: 1881

Origin: Japanese, from gei art + -sha person

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/geisha

Wiktionary:

geisha | geishas [plural] | geisya

Origin: Japanese 芸者 (geisha, "artisan").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/geisha

Encarta Dictionary:

geisha | geishas [plural] | geisha girl: geisha girls [plural] | geisha girls [plural]

First use: Late 19th century

Origin: Japanese from gei "art" (from Middle Chinese nejh) + sha "person" (from Middle Chinese tšiaʔ)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861674735​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

geisha | geishas [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "geisha"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/geisha

Macmillan American Dictionary:

geisha [countable] | geishas [plural]

Audio 1: North American pronunciation of "geisha"

Audio 2: North American pronunciation of "geisha"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/geisha

Macmillan British Dictionary:

geisha [countable] | geishas [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "geisha"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/geisha

the Free Dictionary:

geisha

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "geisha"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "geisha"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "geisha" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/geisha

Google Dictionary:

geisha | geishas [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "geisha"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=geisha

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

geisha

Audio: North American pronunciation of "geisha"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=geisha​01 word=geisha

YourDictionary Audio:

geisha

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "geisha" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/geisha

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