from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of a class of professional women in Japan trained from girlhood in conversation, dancing, and singing in order to entertain professional or social gatherings of men.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A Japanese female entertainer skilled in various arts such as tea ceremony, dancing, singing and calligraphy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A Japanese singing and dancing girl, trained to provide entertainment and company for a man or group of men.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a class of accomplished and specially trained young Japanese women (commonly called singing- or dancing-girls by foreigners) who are employed at banquets, and on social, convivial, and other occasions, to entertain the company with Japanese dancing, music, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a Japanese woman trained to entertain men with conversation and singing and dancing
Japanese : gei, art (from Middle Chinese ŋejh) + sha, person (from Middle Chinese tšiaʔ).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 芸者 (geisha, "artisan"). (Wiktionary)