- A teacher or mentor, especially of a martial art.
- Used as a form of address for such a person.
Origin of senseiJapanese, teacher, master, from Middle Chinese sian&shookr;a&tricolon;jŋ, elder, prior-born (term of respect) (also the source of Mandarin xiānsheng) : sian, first + &shookr;a&tricolon;jŋ, to give birth, be born (ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *sriŋ, live, life; also the source of Burmese hrang, live, alive).
(plural sensei or senseis)
From Japanese å…ˆç”Ÿ (ã›ã‚“ã›ã„ sensei), from Middle Chinese å…ˆç”Ÿ (sen-Ê‚Ã¦nÉ¡ "master", "elder"), from å…ˆ ("former", "first") + ç”Ÿ ("born", also "master") (compare Mandarin xiÄnshÄ“ng "Mr.").