gei·sha (gāshə, 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 yì) + sha, person (from Middle Chinese tʂia´, pronoun for the head of a relative clause; also the source of Mandarin zhě).]
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