CultureEssayEtymologyHistoryIdiomJapanese traditionKanjiSlangUncorrected

Orekireki (お歴々)

  • Orekireki


    Even though I am Japanese, I sometimes come across Japanese words I don’t know when referring a dictionary.

    Today, I found the Japanese term “orekireki” (お歴々), which refers to people who have a high identity and a high status.

    Here “reki” (歴) means that something follows histories or places in succession, or something is clearly different.

    Also, the latter “reki” has a function that emphasizes the term just before it, and “rekireki” has come to mean that someone is different (someone has a high identity), in addition to its original meaning.

    Later, the polite prefix “o” has often come to added to rekireki, and now orekireki mainly has the above meaning.

    Original sentence