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geisha

Line breaks: gei¦sha
Pronunciation: /ˈɡeɪʃə
 
/
(also geisha girl)

Definition of geisha in English:

noun (plural same or geishas)

A Japanese hostess trained to entertain men with conversation, dance, and song: a glimpse of a geisha slipping into a teahouse the owner of the geisha house
More example sentences
  • Experience traditional Japanese culture in this city and in its Gion district, where the exquisite geishas are trained.
  • The 11-year-old had tried out her hand in drawing two Japanese geishas.
  • The sun was shining, the geishas were dancing and the crowds were maddening.

Origin

Japanese, 'entertainer', from gei 'performing arts' + sha 'person'.

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