I have 2 older sisters. When talking to other people about them, do i refer to them both as 姉 or do i refer to the younger one as 姉 and the older one as 姉上?


P.S I thought this question would have already been asked, but couldn't find any. Even Google didn't have much on it.

  • ( How / why did question get 400 views in 7 hours? ) – HizHa Sep 6 '16 at 22:07
  • @H.Ha Hot Network Questions のリストに載っているからです。 – Chocolate Sep 6 '16 at 22:54
  • Thank you. ___ (When there're more comments, i'll prob remove this comment.) ____________ In the meantime, here's a Haiku (related to the question by OP) i've loved : 長女次女に瞳(め)澄む夫(つま)来よ破魔矢二本 ___ by 中村草田男(1901-83) – HizHa Sep 7 '16 at 0:10

姉上【あねうえ】 is a very old-fashioned honorific word for 姉. You would hear someone respectfully addressing their older sister with 姉上 mostly in samurai dramas. But you can never use it to distinguish your two sisters.

To distinguish your two older sisters, you can use 上【うえ】の姉【あね】 (older) and 下【した】の姉【あね】 (younger). If you had three older sisters, you can say 一番上の姉, 真ん中の姉/2番目の姉, 一番下の姉/3番目の姉.

|improve this answer|||||

In writing, you could write 長姉 and 次姉 (or 二姉) (and 三姉 or 末妹).


一番下の弟妹から見て、一番上の兄姉を長兄・長姉と呼びますよね。 その次は次兄・次姉になると思うのですが、その次の兄姉はなんと呼ぶのでしょうか?三兄・三姉と呼ぶのでしょうか? また逆に長兄・長姉から見て一番下の弟妹は、末弟・末妹と呼ぶことができますが、 .......

|improve this answer|||||

You could also use the following, if they happen to be the oldest and second oldest sisters:
長女(ちょうじょ): oldest sister
次女 (じじょ): second oldest sister

|improve this answer|||||
  • 「私の長女」「私の次女」 mean "my oldest daughter" "my second oldest daughter" respectively, so how/in what sentence structure can I use 「長女」「次女」 to mean "oldest/second oldest sister"? – Chocolate Oct 14 '16 at 6:06

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.