List of English words of Korean origin

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This is a list of words of Korean origin which have entered into English usage.

General[edit]

Chaebol
from 재벌 (財閥), a family-controlled industrial conglomerate in South Korea, originally from Japanese term "Zaibatsu"[1]
Hangul
from 한글, the Korean alphabet.
Korea
from Goryeo (alt. Koryo) (고려, 高麗), historic dynasty of Korea that unified the peninsula (see Names of Korea)

Culture and martial arts[edit]

Kisaeng
from 기생 (妓生), female Korean entertainers who existed before 20th century.[2]
Manhwa
from 만화책, Comic books, cartoons and animated cartoons. As with the Japanese word "manga", manwha refers to comic books, cartoons or animation generically within Korea, but usually refers specifically to South Korean comic books when used by non-Koreans.
Taekwondo
from 태권도 (跆拳道), a globally popular sport and martial art.

Food[edit]

Bibimbap
from 비빔밥, white rice mixed with vegetables, beef, and chili paste.
Bulgogi
from 불고기, Korean style marinated BBQ beef.[3][4][5][6]
Galbi
from 갈비, BBQ marinated beef ribs.
Kimbap
from 김밥, Korean rice roll.
Kimchi
from 김치, a wide variety of pickled, fermented vegetables.
Soju
from 소주 (燒酒), Korean distilled liquor, usually from rice or sweet potato[7]

Clothing[edit]

Hanbok
from 한복 (韓服), literally "Korean uniform."

Other[edit]

Chobo
from 초보 (初步), a novice, especially in Internet gaming.
Gosu
from 고수 (高手), a person with great skill, especially in Internet gaming.
Hantavirus
from 한탄강 (漢灘江), the Hantan River.
Hwabyeong
from 화병 (火病), emotional disorder.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chaebol - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary". Merriam-webster.com. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  2. ^ "Kisaeng - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary". Merriam-webster.com. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  3. ^ "Trader Joe's". Traderjoes.com. 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  4. ^ Bittman, Mark (2011-06-01). "Mark Bittman - Bulgogi for the Backyard Grill". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  5. ^ Fabricant, Florence (2009-07-14). "Food Stuff - Hamburger With Asian Trimmings". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  6. ^ Hodge, Brooke (2010-07-30). "Now Showing | Jorge Pardo's Bulgogi - NYTimes.com". Tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  7. ^ "Soju - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary". Merriam-webster.com. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2012-11-17.