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Japanese

Kanji reading

さん (san)

On-reading of:

Kun-reading of:

Noun

さん (romaji san)

  1. , : three; 3
  2. サン: sun
  3. : acid
  4. : legend; caption

Etymology

Derived from  (さま, sama).

Suffix

さん (romaji san)

  1. A title used after person's name (first name or surname), regardless of sex; Mr, Ms, Mrs, Miss
    • 山田さん - Mr/Ms Yamada. Sex is indistinguishable.
    • あきらさん - Also available for first name.
    • 山田あきらさん - Mr Akira Yamada.

Usage notes

 (さま, sama) is used in more formal situation, like sir.

More familiar, one uses  (くん, kun), especially of men, or ちゃん (chan), especially of young women and children.

See also

Suffix

さん (romaji san)

  1. : Mount, Mt.

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