Chinese Word Entry

眉開眼笑

Simplified Chinese form: 眉开眼笑

Mandarin (Zhuyin): ㄇㄟˊ ㄎㄞ ㄧㄢˇ ㄒㄧㄠˋ
Mandarin (Pinyin): méi kāi yǎn xiào
Cantonese (Jyutping): mei4 hoi1 ngaan5 siu3
Definitions:
  1. brows raised in delight, eyes laughing (idiom); beaming with joy

  2. all smiles


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Chinese characters used in this word

eyebrow, eyebrows, upper margin of book
Readings
Mandarin: ㄇㄟˊ (méi)
Cantonese: mei4
Japanese: ビ (bi)、 ミ (mi) / まゆ (mayu)
Korean: 미 (mi)
Vietnamese: my, mi

open, unfold, unseal, initiate, begin, start
Readings
Mandarin: ㄎㄞ (kāi), ㄑㄧㄢ (qiān)
Cantonese: hoi1
Japanese: カイ (kai) / ひら.く (hiraku)、 ひら.き (hiraki)、 -びら.き (-biraki)、 ひら.ける (hirakeru)、 あ.く (aku)、 あ.ける (akeru)
Korean: 개 (gae)
Vietnamese: khai
Variants
Simplified Chinese form:

eyeball, eye, eyelet, hole, opening
Readings
Mandarin: ㄧㄢˇ (yǎn), ㄨㄣˇ (wěn)
Cantonese: ngaan5
Japanese: ガン (gan)、 ゲン (gen)、 ゴン (gon) / まなこ (manako)、 め (me)
Korean: 안 (an)
Vietnamese: nhãn, cua, nhản

laugh, smile, giggle, snicker
Readings
Mandarin: ㄒㄧㄠˋ (xiào)
Cantonese: siu3
Japanese: ショウ (shou) / わら.う (warau)、 え.む (emu)、 わらい (warai)
Korean: 소 (so)
Vietnamese: tiếu
Variants
Semantic variant form: