Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • The word geisha means “arts person” and the geisha is trained in the art of intriguing men with her most effective tool—her mind.

    Kickboxing Geishas

  • In his letter to Chiyo, Mr. Tanaka says The training of a geisha is an arduous path.

    Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden: Questions

  • To my mind, a first-class geisha is more analogous to a kept mistress in our culture than to a prostitute.

    Arthur Golden - An interview with author

  • Say the word geisha and images of beautiful kimono-clad women serving green tea, reciting poetry and playing classical instruments may spring to mind.

    News On Japan

  • Zaib Qayyum of River Oaks School correctly spelled the word geisha after only 10 rounds of competition Friday to secure the win at the All-Parish Spelling Bee sponsored by The News-Star.

    thenewsstar.com - Local News

  • i want to be a china doll. when i had dark hair, i was often referred to as a geisha (once). the right side of my body will be outfitted in an evening dress and the left side of my body will be covered in a gingham print.

    china doll

  • The most stereotyped image of Japanese women is, of course, that of the geisha, and the most common misperception is that a geisha is a prostitute.

    Kickboxing Geishas

  • These are the communities where the professionally trained female artists known as geisha live and work.

    Geisha, A Life

  • The geisha was the youngest and prettiest of the bunch.

    Botchan (Master Darling)

  • Looking back, the idea of geisha Madge bopping around on stage to Open Your Heart would've been outrageously brilliant!

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