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美人 vs かわいい

Postby 100PercentWeasel » Fri 12.24.2010 10:00 pm

Hi,

i've heard theres somewhat of a difference in meaning in these two words. Namely, that you don't call young girls 美人 because it has the nuance of being a 'mature' (milf) type of beauty. Is this true?
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Re: 美人 vs かわいい

Postby Dustin » Fri 12.24.2010 10:03 pm

100PercentWeasel wrote:Hi,

i've heard theres somewhat of a difference in meaning in these two words. Namely, that you don't call young girls 美人 because it has the nuance of being a 'mature' (milf) type of beauty. Is this true?


The difference is that 美人 refers to a beautiful woman, this implies someone who is fully grown.

かわいい is simply cute, and has a strong implication of it being something or someone young/small.
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Re: 美人 vs かわいい

Postby becki_kanou » Fri 12.24.2010 10:13 pm

Well for one thing 美人 is a noun and かわいい is an adjective. 美人 means beautiful woman and かわいい means cute or pretty.

You're right that 美人 is only used for adult women, but かわいい can be used for just about anyone or anything. We might say "What a beautiful/pretty baby!" in English, but in Japanese a baby is かわいい rather that 美しい (beautiful) or 綺麗 (pretty).

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Re: 美人 vs かわいい

Postby Dustin » Fri 12.24.2010 10:29 pm

becki_kanou wrote:Well for one thing 美人 is a noun and かわいい is an adjective. 美人 means beautiful woman and かわいい means cute or pretty.


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I overlooked that and only paid attention to the 美 side of it ^_^

Thanks for clarifying what I forgot to mention.
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Re: 美人 vs かわいい

Postby Hektor6766 » Fri 12.24.2010 10:57 pm

There is 美少女.
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