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Wine / Alcohol / Sake

China jiǔ
Japan sake / shu
Wine / Alcohol / Sake

酒 is the Chinese character, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji that means alcohol.

This can refer to wine (esp. rice wine), liquor, spirits, sake, or to alcoholic beverages in general.

In the west, we tend to say "sake" to mean Japanese rice wine, however, this character is a little ambiguous in Japanese. It literally just means alcohol, and is often pronounced "shu" in Japanese. Specifically, in Japanese, you might want to ask for "seishu" or 清酒 to get the sake that you are used to in the west. Seishu literally means "clear alcohol."

Fight / Beat Someone

China dòu
Fight / Beat Someone

斗 is how to express the act of fighting in Chinese.

Generally, this means fighting against someone or some force whether physically or metaphorically.

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Please note that there is a secondary pronunciation and meaning of this character. It can also mean "measuring cup" or in Japanese "sake dipper" or even "The Big Dipper." In Japanese and Korean, this does not have the fighting meaning associated with it. You should, therefore, select this character only if your audience is Chinese, or you are a big fan of sake dippers or The Big Dipper (as that is how it will be read by Japanese and Korean people).

Having High Principles

Do not bow down for the sake of five pecks of rice
China bù wèi wǔ dǒu mǐ zhé yāo
Having High Principles

This Chinese idiom/proverb speaks of being above bribes, and not losing face or honor for a short-term gain. Some may also translate the perceived meaning as, "high-hearted," or "integrity beyond reproach."

The more literal meaning is "Do not bow down for the sake of five pecks of rice."

Wine

China pú tao jiǔ
Japan bu dou shu / bu dou sake
Wine

葡萄酒 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for wine.

Very specifically, this is for grape wine (an important distinction in Asia where most wine was rice-based until western influences came into play).

The first word, 葡萄 literally means grape (or grapevine), and 酒 means alcohol (generic term for alcohol, sake, wine, liquor).


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin lěng / leng3
Taiwan leng
Japanese rei / re / れい
Chinese cold; surname Leng
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) (obscure) cold; cool; (2) (abbreviation) (obscure) (See 冷酒・れいしゅ) cold sake; (surname, given name) Rei
Cold.
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Mandarin xiāo / xiao1
Taiwan hsiao
Japanese fukurou;fukuro;sake;fukurou / fukuro;fukuro;sake;fukuro / ふくろう;ふくろ;さけ;フクロウ
Chinese owl; valiant; trafficker
Japanese (kana only) owl (esp. the Ural owl, Strix uralensis)
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
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Mandarin jiǔ / jiu3
Taiwan chiu
Japanese sake(p);sasa;ki(ok);kushi(ok);shu / さけ(P);ささ;き(ok);くし(ok);しゅ
Chinese wine (esp. rice wine); liquor; spirits; alcoholic beverage; CL:杯[bei1],瓶[ping2],罐[guan4],桶[tong3],缸[gang1]
Japanese (See お酒) alcohol; sake; (surname) Zake; (surname) Sake; (surname) Saka
surā; maireya; madya. Wine, alcoholic liquor; forbidden to monks and nuns by the fifth commandment.
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Wine / Alcohol / Sake

白鶴

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Mandarin bái hè / bai2 he4
Taiwan pai ho
Japanese hakutsuru / はくつる    shiratsuru / しらつる
Chinese (bird species of China) Siberian crane (Grus leucogeranus)
Japanese (c) Hakutsuru (brand of sake); (surname) Shiratsuru
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White Crane

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Mandarin zhī / zhi1
Taiwan chih
Japanese shi / し    sakazuki / さかづき
Chinese goblet
Japanese zhi (large bowl-shaped ancient Chinese cup with two handles); sake cup; cup for alcoholic beverages

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Japanese tsuki / つき    sakazuki / さかづき Japanese (archaism) shallow bowl; sake cup; cup for alcoholic beverages

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Mandarin zhī / zhi1
Taiwan chih
Japanese shi / し    sakazuki / さかづき
Chinese old variant of 卮[zhi1]
Japanese zhi (large bowl-shaped ancient Chinese cup with two handles); sake cup; cup for alcoholic beverages

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Mandarin/ ti2
Taiwan t`i / ti
Japanese hisage / ひさげ    tsutsumi / つつみ    sage / さげ
Chinese to carry (hanging down from the hand); to lift; to put forward; to mention; to raise (an issue); upwards character stroke; lifting brush stroke (in painting); scoop for measuring liquid
Japanese (kana only) ceremonial sake decanter with a spout and semicircular handle; (place-name) Hisage; (personal name) Tsutsumi; (surname) Sage
To raise, mention, bring forward, summon, lead; carry in the hand

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Mandarin bēi / bei1
Taiwan pei
Japanese hai / はた
Chinese cup; trophy cup; classifier for certain containers of liquids: glass, cup
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (suf,ctr) counter for cupfuls; (1) sake cup; cup for alcoholic beverages; (suf,ctr) (2) counter for cupfuls; (3) counter for ships, octopuses and squid; (archaism) shallow bowl; sake cup; cup for alcoholic beverages
A cup.

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Mandarin/ xi3
Taiwan hsi
Japanese sengai / せんがい    arai / あらい
Chinese to wash; to bathe; to develop (photo)
Japanese (1) primness; prim person; (2) (abbreviation) clear soup; (3) water for rinsing sake cups (at a banquet, etc.); (given name) Sengai; (surname) Arai
To wash, cleanse.

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Mandarin/ zi3
Taiwan tzu
Japanese kasu / かす
Chinese dregs; sediment
Japanese (1) (kana only) dregs; sediment; grounds; meal; (2) (kana only) lees (esp. sake); (3) (kana only) leftovers; by-product; (4) (kana only) worthless item; thing of little to no value; (5) (kana only) dregs (e.g. of society); scum; dross; (6) (kana only) card only worth 1 point (in hanafuda)

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Mandarin làn / lan4
Taiwan lan
Japanese kan / かん
Chinese old variant of 爛|烂[lan4]
Japanese warming up sake; warmed sake; (female given name) Miyabi

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Mandarin wèi / wei4
Taiwan wei
Japanese tame / ため
Chinese variant of 為|为[wei4], because of; for; to; variant of 為|为[wei2]; as (i.e. in the capacity of); to take something as; to act as; to serve as; to behave as; to become; to be; to do
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (1) (kana only) good; advantage; benefit; welfare; (2) (kana only) sake; purpose; objective; aim; (3) (kana only) consequence; result; effect; (4) (kana only) affecting; regarding; concerning; (surname) Tame
To do; to make; to effect; to be; because of; for; that which is created or conditioned

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Mandarin zèng / zeng4
Taiwan tseng
Japanese koshiki;sou / koshiki;so / こしき;そう
Chinese cauldron; rice pot
Japanese (1) (See 蒸篭・1) steaming basket (traditionally clay or wood); (2) (こしき only) steaming vat (for steaming rice in sake production); (surname) Koshiki

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Mandarin bēi / bei1
Taiwan pei
Japanese sakazuki / さかづき
Chinese variant of 杯[bei1]; trophy cup; classifier for certain containers of liquids: glass, cup
Japanese (1) sake cup; cup for alcoholic beverages; (suf,ctr) (2) counter for cupfuls; (3) counter for ships, octopuses and squid; sake cup; cup for alcoholic beverages; (place-name) Sakadzuki; (surname) Sakazuki

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Mandarin zhǎn / zhan3
Taiwan chan
Japanese sakazuki / さかづき    uki / さかずき
Chinese a small cup; classifier for lamps
Japanese sake cup; cup for alcoholic beverages

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Mandarin/ po4
Taiwan p`o / po
Japanese kasu / かす
Chinese grains in distilled liquor
Japanese (1) (kana only) dregs; sediment; grounds; meal; (2) (kana only) lees (esp. sake); (3) (kana only) leftovers; by-product; (4) (kana only) worthless item; thing of little to no value; (5) (kana only) dregs (e.g. of society); scum; dross; (6) (kana only) card only worth 1 point (in hanafuda); (surname) Kasu

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Japanese kouji / koji / こうじ Japanese mould grown on rice, barley, beans, etc. as a starter to make sake, miso, soy sauce, etc. (mold); malted rice; malt; (surname) Kouji

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Mandarin zāo / zao1
Taiwan tsao
Japanese kasu / かす
Chinese dregs; draff; pickled in wine; rotten; messy; ruined
Japanese (1) (kana only) dregs; sediment; grounds; meal; (2) (kana only) lees (esp. sake); (3) (kana only) leftovers; by-product; (4) (kana only) worthless item; thing of little to no value; (5) (kana only) dregs (e.g. of society); scum; dross; (6) (kana only) card only worth 1 point (in hanafuda); (surname) Kasu

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Mandarin/ gu1
Taiwan ku
Japanese sakazuki / さかづき
Chinese goblet; rule; law
Japanese sake cup; cup for alcoholic beverages

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Mandarin shāng / shang1
Taiwan shang
Japanese sakazuki / さかづき
Chinese feast; goblet
Japanese sake cup; cup for alcoholic beverages

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Mandarin láo / lao2
Taiwan lao
Japanese moromi / もろみ    mosoro / もそろ
Chinese wine or liquor with sediment
Japanese (1) (kana only) main fermenting mash (in production of sake or soy sauce); unrefined sake or soy sauce; (can act as adjective) (2) (kana only) unrefined (sake, soy sauce, etc.); rough; (archaism) weak sake; unrefined sake

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Mandarin/ li3
Taiwan li
Japanese amasake / あまさけ
Chinese sweet wine
Japanese (food term) sweet half sake; sweet drink made from fermented rice; (place-name) Amasake

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Mandarin guī / gui1
Taiwan kuei
Japanese sake;shake;sake / さけ;しゃけ;サケ
Chinese trout; salmon
Japanese (1) salmon (Salmonidae spp.); (2) chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta)

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Japanese kouji / koji / こうじ Japanese mould grown on rice, barley, beans, etc. as a starter to make sake, miso, soy sauce, etc. (mold); malted rice; malt; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) mould grown on rice, barley, beans, etc. as a starter to make sake, miso, soy sauce, etc. (mold); malted rice; malt; (surname) Kouji

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お酒

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Japanese osake / おさけ Japanese (polite language) alcohol; sake

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どぶ

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Japanese dobu / どぶ Japanese (abbreviation) (See 濁酒・どぶろく) unrefined sake

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カス

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Japanese kasu / カス Japanese (1) (kana only) dregs; sediment; grounds; meal; (2) (kana only) lees (esp. sake); (3) (kana only) leftovers; by-product; (4) (kana only) worthless item; thing of little to no value; (5) (kana only) dregs (e.g. of society); scum; dross; (6) (kana only) card only worth 1 point (in hanafuda); (place-name) Cass

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サケ

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Japanese sake / サケ Japanese (1) salmon (Salmonidae spp.); (2) chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta)

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一献

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Japanese ikkon / いっこん Japanese (1) one cup (of sake); (2) (going out for, treating someone to) a drink; small drinking party

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Search for Sake in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Wine
Alcohol
Sake
sake / shujiǔ / jiu3 / jiuchiu
Fight
Beat Someone
dòu / dou4 / doutou
Having High Principles不為五斗米折腰
不为五斗米折腰
bù wèi wǔ dǒu mǐ zhé yāo
bu4 wei4 wu3 dou3 mi3 zhe2 yao1
bu wei wu dou mi zhe yao
buweiwudoumizheyao
pu wei wu tou mi che yao
puweiwutoumicheyao
Wine葡萄酒bu dou shu / bu dou sake
budoushu / budousake
bu do shu / bu do sake
budoshu/budosake
pú tao jiǔ
pu2 tao5 jiu3
pu tao jiu
putaojiu
p`u t`ao chiu
putaochiu
pu tao chiu
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.



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