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 (gā′shə, gē′-)
n. pl. geisha or gei·shas
A Japanese girl or woman who is trained to entertain professional or social gatherings of men with conversation, dancing, and singing.

[Japanese : gei, art, skill (from Middle Chinese ŋjiaj`; also the source of Mandarin ) + sha, person (from Middle Chinese tʂia´, pronoun for the head of a relative clause; also the source of Mandarin zhě).]
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n, pl -sha or -shas
a professional female companion for men in Japan, trained in music, dancing, and the art of conversation
[C19: from Japanese, from gei art + sha person, from Ancient Chinese ngi and che]
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(ˈgeɪ ʃə, ˈgi-)

n., pl. -sha, -shas.
a Japanese woman trained as a professional singer, dancer, and companion for men.
[1890–95; < Japanese, =gei arts (< Chinese) + -sha person (< Chinese)]
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A Japanese word meaning art person, used to mean a young woman trained in the arts of music, dancing, and conversation to act as a professional companion for men.
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Noun1.geisha - a Japanese woman trained to entertain men with conversation and singing and dancinggeisha - a Japanese woman trained to entertain men with conversation and singing and dancing
Japanese, Nipponese - a native or inhabitant of Japan
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
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غيشافتاة الجيشا اليابانيَّه


[ˈgeɪʃə] N (geisha or geishas (pl)) → geisha f
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[ˈgeɪʃə] ngeisha f
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geisha (girl)

nGeisha f
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(ˈgeiʃə) noun
(often geisha girl) a Japanese girl trained to entertain (men) by her conversation, dancing etc.
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Looking to Keep the Culture of Geiko and Maiko Alive
It should be stressed here that, for the purposes of this study, the concept of ecodomy was used in accordance with the definition provided by Geiko Muller-Fahrenholz in the mid-1990s which focuses on the spirit of community building (Muller-Fahrenholz 1995, 109).
With this, more people wish to participate in these events such as Ozashiki Asobi, which is a banquet or party where guests can watch Maiko and Geiko perform, play games and have interesting conversations.
She has trained about 20 geiko (students) under her okiya.
Hans-Georg Link and Geiko Muller-Fahrenholz (Frankfurt/Main: Lembeck, 2008), 41-56.
A helpful glossary explains terms such as a geiko (a geisha) and a katana (a sword).
A geiko in a junihitoe, a multi-layered kimono Image Credit: Robert van Koesveld GN Focus report
Maiko and geiko geisha girls sit in line and wait to give thanks to their master during an annual gratitude event for the past year and best wishes for the new year in Kyoto, Japan.
Our last stop is a quaint little area, home to geiko (or what we know as geisha or woman of art) and maiko (a geiko apprentice).
Home to 17 Unesco World Heritage Sites, Japanese kaiseki cuisine and even Kyoto's famous geiko and maiko (apprentice geiko), Kyoto offers visitors unique experiences, landscapes, tastes, shopping opportunities, and memories that last a lifetime.
In Kyoto geisha are known geiko, which means "child of the arts" and they only get that title after five years as an apprentice, known as a maiko.
As Japan's ancient imperial capital, Kyoto is home to no less than 17 Unesco World Heritage Sites and most of Japan's cultural and traditional arts and crafts traditions, including Kyoto's famous artisans known as geiko and maiko (apprentice geiko), as well as Japanese kaiseki cuisine among others.