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ˈgeɪ ʃə, ˈgi-geisha

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. geisha, geisha girlnoun

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


  1. geishanoun

    A Japanese singing and dancing girl, trained to provide entertainment and company for a man or group of men.


  1. geishanoun

    A Japanese female entertainer skilled in various arts such as tea ceremony, dancing, singing and calligraphy.


  1. Geisha

    Geisha (芸者) (; Japanese: [ɡeːɕa]), also known as geiko (芸子) (in Kyoto and Kanazawa) or geigi (芸妓), are a class of female Japanese performing artists and entertainers trained in traditional Japanese performing arts styles, such as dance, music and singing, as well as being proficient conversationalists and hosts. Their distinct appearance is characterised by long, trailing kimono, traditional hairstyles and oshiroi make-up. Geisha entertain at parties known as ozashiki, often for the entertainment of wealthy clientele, as well as performing on stage and at festivals. Modern geisha are not prostitutes. This misconception originated from conflating Japanese courtesans (oiran), oiran reenactors, the extant tayū, and prostitutes, who historically also wore kimono. The first female geisha appeared in 1751, with geisha before that time being male performers who entertained guests within the pleasure quarters; only later did the profession become mainly characterised by female workers.The arts that geisha perform are considered highly developed and, in some cases, unique throughout Japan to the world of geisha. For example, the Gion district of Kyoto is the only district wherein the kyo-mai style of Japanese traditional dance is taught. This style of dance is taught solely to the geisha within the district by the Inoue school, with the school's former head, Inoue Yachiyo, having been classified as a "Living National Treasure" by the Government of Japan, the highest artistic award attainable in the country, in 1955.


  1. geisha

    A geisha is a traditional, professional female entertainer in Japan, skilled in various arts such as classical music, dance, games, and conversation. The term "geisha" literally translates to "person of the arts". Contrary to some Western perceptions, geishas are not prostitutes but highly respected and cultured individuals who preserve ancient Japanese traditions.


  1. Geisha

    Geisha, geiko or geigi are traditional Japanese female entertainers who act as hostesses and whose skills include performing various Japanese arts such as classical music, dance and games.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Geisha

    gā′sha, n. a Japanese dancing-girl.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Geisha in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Geisha in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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