pl. -·sha or -·shas
a Japanese woman trained in singing, dancing, the art of conversation, etc., to serve as a hired companion to men
sometimes Informalgeisha girl
Origin of geishaJapanese ; from Sino-Japanese gei, art (of dancing, singing) + sha, person
nounpl. geisha or gei·shas
A Japanese girl or woman who is trained to entertain professional or social gatherings of men with conversation, dancing, and singing.
Origin of geishaJapanese : gei, art, skill (from Middle Chinese ŋjiaj`; also the source of Mandarin yì) + sha, person (from Middle Chinese t&shookr;ia´, pronoun for the head of a relative clause; also the source of Mandarin zhě).
(plural geisha or geishas)