The Alternative Japanese Dictionary: じゃ

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じゃ 〈ja〉
etymology 1
syllable: {{ja-syllable}}
  1. {{Hira-def}}
etymology 2 Contraction of particle 〈de〉 + 〈ha〉.
conjunction: {{ja-pos}}
  1. (colloquial) so, then - used for connecting to a reasonable conclusion, supposition
interjection: {{ja-pos}}
  1. well; then; so
  2. by extension from the "so then" meaning: bye, goodbye
etymology 3 Contraction of 〈de〉 + ある 〈aru〉.
verb: {{ja-verb}}
  1. to be
Variation on the Japanese copula 〈da〉 used in western Japan, such as in Chūgoku, Shikoku, or Kyūshū; particularly common in . The use of じゃ 〈ja〉 (ja) is also common in fictional dialogue attributed to archaic characters.
etymology 4 Kanji reading.
noun: {{ja-noun}}
  1. {{ja-def}} generic name for a large snake; a heavy drinker
  2. {{ja-def}} a moral wrong; a bad attitude; maliciousness, wickedness; such a person
  3. {{ja-def}} short for 麝香 〈shè xiāng〉; short for 麝香鹿 〈shè xiāng lù〉

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