geisha

[ gey-shuh, gee- ]
/ ˈgeɪ ʃə, ˈgi- /

noun, plural gei·sha, gei·shas.

a Japanese woman trained as a professional singer, dancer, and companion for men.

Origin of geisha

1890–95; < Japanese, equivalent to gei arts (< Chinese) + -sha person (< Chin)
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British Dictionary definitions for geisha

geisha

/ (ˈɡeɪʃə) /

noun plural -sha or -shas

a professional female companion for men in Japan, trained in music, dancing, and the art of conversation

Word Origin for geisha

C19: from Japanese, from gei art + sha person, from Ancient Chinese ngi and che
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Culture definitions for geisha

geisha

[ (gay-shuh, gee-shuh) ]

A Japanese woman who is trained and paid to provide entertainment and amusing company for men.

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