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Meaning of 曹

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Pinyin: cáo
English Definition: surname Cao; Zhou Dynasty vassal state; class or grade; generation; plaintiff and defendant (old); government department (old)
Chinese Definition:
①等,辈:尔曹(你们)。吾曹。
②古代分科办事的官署:部曹(中国明、清两代各部司曹的通称,源于汉代曹史的简称,相当于郡守的总务长)。
③诉讼的原告、被告两方。
④姓氏。

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阴曹 yīn cáo hell; the inferno
萧规曹随 xiāo guī cáo suí lit. Xiao's 萧何 (idiom); fig. to strictly adhere to the policies of the predecessor; to follow precedent
身在曹营心在汉 shēn zài cáo yíng xīn zài hàn live in Cao camp but have the heart in Han camp (idiom); to be somewhere while longing to be somewhere else
曹丕 cáo Cao Pi (187-226), second son of Cao Cao 曹操 , king then emperor of Cao Wei 曹魏 from 220, ruled as Emperor Wen 魏文帝 , also a noted calligrapher
曹参 cáo cān Cao Can (-190 BC), second chancellor of Han Dynasty, contributed to its founding by fighting on Liu Bang's 刘邦 [Liu2 Bang1] side during the Chu-Han Contention 楚汉战争 [Chu3 Han4 Zhan4 zheng1]; also pr. [Cao2 Shen1]
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