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noun plural -ko or -kos
  1. an apprentice geisha
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Word Origin

from Japanese, literally: dancer
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Examples from the Web for maiko

Historical Examples

  • Of course, there are no ladies at mens dinners—only professional dancing-girls, maiko or geisha.

    The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2

    Elizabeth Bisland

  • The dancing-girl and the singing-girl correspond to the geisha and Maiko of Japan.

    Travels in the Far East

    Ellen Mary Hayes Peck