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  • n. A pair of Cantonese terms, homophones, used in English to mean "master" or "teacher" in the context of martial arts, especially kung fu and tai chi, also used to denote "spiritual father" in esoteric uses.


From Cantonese 師傅 and 師父 si1fu6, the first meaning master, the second meaning "my master", both also conveying the sense of teacher. (Wiktionary)


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