Other Word Forms
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-ʂænɡ "master", "elder"), from 先 ("former", "first") + 生 ("born", also "master") (compare Mandarin xiānshēng "Mr.").