A Japanese girl or woman who is trained to entertain professional or social gatherings of men with conversation, dancing, and singing.
A Japanese woman trained in singing, dancing, the art of conversation, etc., to serve as a hired companion to men.
Origin of geisha
- Japanese gei art, skill (from Middle Chinese ŋjiaj`) (also the source of Mandarin yì) sha person (from Middle Chinese tʂia´ pronoun for the head of a relative clause) (also the source of Mandarin zhě)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition