- 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)
- A martial arts instructors. Sensei of martial arts usually live and/or work at a dojo where they instruct their apprentices. A live-in apprentice is also called uchi-deshi.
- (colloquial) a Japanese (language) teacher.
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