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n. a high-status courtesan


were courtesans in Japan. The oiran were considered a type of "woman of pleasure" or prostitute. However, they are distinguished from ordinary yƫjo in that they were entertainers, and many became celebrities outside the pleasure districts. Their art and fashions often set trends and, because of this, cultural aspects of oiran traditions continue to be preserved to this day.

Usage examples of "oiran".

As Kibei turned into the corridor the voice of the Oiran caught his ear as she sang in accompaniment to the instrument.