Sensei meaning

sĕn'sā', sĕn-sā'
A teacher or mentor, especially of a martial art.
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Used as a form of address for such a person.
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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.
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(colloquial) A Japanese (language) teacher.
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Origin of sensei

  • Japanese teacher, master from Middle Chinese sianʂaːjŋ elder, prior-born (term of respect) (also the source of Mandarin xiānsheng) sian first ʂaːjŋ to give birth, be born (ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan sriŋ live, life) (also the source of Burmese hrang live, alive)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Japanese 先生 (せんせい sensei), from Middle Chinese 先生 (sen-ʂænÉ¡ "master", "elder"), from å…ˆ ("former", "first") + 生 ("born", also "master") (compare Mandarin xiānshÄ“ng "Mr.").
    From Wiktionary