Definition of maiko in US English:

maiko

(also meiko)

noun

  • A girl who is being trained to become a geisha.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Edwin Arnold (1832–1904), poet and journalist. From Japanese maiko dancing girl, specifically (in Kyoto and Osaka areas) apprentice geisha of about thirteen to eighteen years old from mahi- (now mae-), combining stem of mafu- (now mau) to dance + ko child, girl.

Pronunciation

maiko

/ˈmʌɪkəʊ/