先生

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  • せんせい sensei
  • obsolete reading
    せんじょう senjou

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  • honorific languagenoun
    teacher, master, doctor
    • honorific languagesuffix
      with names of teachers, etc. as an honorific
        • Applies only to せんじょう
        archaismnoun
        previous existence
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      Kanji in this word

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      • 6 strokes

        before, ahead, previous, future, precedence

      • 5 strokes

        life, genuine, birth

      Example sentences

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      • Japanese sentence

        われわれの先生は真の意味で紳士です。 

        Sentence analysis
        English translation

        Our teacher is a gentleman in the true sense of the word.

      • Japanese sentence

        ぼくはジョーンズ先生に作文を直してもらった。 

        Sentence analysis
        English translation

        I had my composition corrected by Mr Jones.

      先生

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      • シーサン shi-san

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      • honorific languagenoun
        boy
        • Word coming from Chinese: xiānshēng

      Kanji in this word

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      • 6 strokes

        before, ahead, previous, future, precedence

      • 5 strokes

        life, genuine, birth