Definition of geisha in English:

geisha

(also geisha girl)

noun

  • A Japanese hostess trained to entertain men with conversation, dance, and song.

    ‘a glimpse of a geisha slipping into a teahouse’
    as modifier ‘the owner of the geisha house’
    • ‘Many Chinese are distrustful of her success in the West and suspicious that she is playing a Japanese geisha in a big Hollywood film.’
    • ‘The Japanese geisha waits for her American navy husband's return.’
    • ‘The country conjured by this show could not be further from yesterday's Western stereotype of Japan as a land of languid Zen gardens, impeccably trained geishas and flower arranging elevated to the status of high art.’
    • ‘Thus from the beginning there was always a firm distinction - in theory, at least - between the courtesans, who had a monopoly on sex, and the geisha, whose job was to entertain.’
    • ‘He seems to be a huge fan of geishas, as they seem to turn up in some form or another in the majority of his videos.’
    • ‘Well, not to be outdone, Tokyo has what you might call guardian geishas.’
    • ‘To better understand the role geishas occupy in Japanese society, she became one, the only non-Japanese woman to do so.’
    • ‘It's exactly the same attitude, despite all the fascination heaped on them, that people had towards the geisha in Japan.’
    • ‘Even if I end up walking around like a geisha girl I will live to tell the tale that they are the most comfortable sandals ever.’
    • ‘Meanwhile in Japan, a geisha is made pregnant by an abusive Englishman, who abandons her.’
    • ‘It tells the story of a girl's life as a geisha that is full of struggle but with a happy ending.’
    • ‘The point is not that he was, but that the geisha can make the dullest, most unattractive, paunchy, middle-aged office worker feel that he is the sexiest man alive.’
    • ‘The 11-year-old had tried out her hand in drawing two Japanese geishas.’
    • ‘The sun was shining, the geishas were dancing and the crowds were maddening.’
    • ‘Of all the operas that end in personal tragedy, none is more heartbreaking than the story of a Japanese geisha who renounces her native culture for the love of a feckless American sailor.’
    • ‘The friendly owner tells us about the wooden combmakers of Narai, who once fashioned intricate little combs for the geishas of Kyoto.’
    • ‘Experience traditional Japanese culture in this city and in its Gion district, where the exquisite geishas are trained.’
    • ‘For centuries Japanese geishas have used processed bird droppings to lighten and smooth their skin.’
    • ‘Then someone told her he'd seen the play and had a flashing vision of a Japanese geisha in a similar garden setting.’
    • ‘And herein lies the paradox, and possibly the geishas ' demise.’
    paid companion, hostess
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Origin

Japanese, ‘entertainer’, from gei ‘performing arts’ + sha ‘person’.

Pronunciation

geisha

/ˈɡeɪʃə/