Taxonomy of meanings for 兄:

  • 兄 xiōng (OC: qhʷraŋ MC: hʷɯiaŋ) 許榮切 平 廣韻:【爾雅男子先生曰兄説文長也許榮切一 】
    • BROTHER
      • n[post-N]elder brother; the eldest brother
      • n[post-N]nonreferentialan eldest brother in general
      • n[post-N]pluralelder brothers
      • n[post-N]singulareldest brother, male of the eldest brother's status (note that 其兄 is "his elder brother" and not specifically "his eldest brother".
      • nadVreference=objectlike an eldest brother
      • nccelder brother 三兄,諸兄,庶兄
      • viactact as an elder brother should
      • n(post-N)the elder brother of the contextually determinate N
      • fig>GREAT
          • honorific>FRIEND
              • grammaticalised>YOU
                • n[post-npro_1.][post=npro_2:]adNyour, my elder brother
                • n[post-npro1.][post=npro2]BUDDH: you, the senior fellow monk; you my elder brother
      • =況 kuang4《集韻》許放切,去漾曉。陽部。