i'm trying to figure out the meaning of the term 女生.

I was told it's something deeper than "school girl"/"student girl"/not married"/"beauty" or anything like that.

I know that in separated one means birth and the other means female or woman but together..

Would appreciate your help on translating.


  • Can you please confirm if you mean 姓 or 女生. Can you also edit your question to show a problem that is not answered by a standard dictionary. If you are having a particular problem that cannot be answered by a dictionary please edit your question and then use "flag" to request a moderator to review.
    – going
    Nov 3, 2013 at 23:54

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女生 just means girl. If you are an English speaker, ask yourself what is the deep meaning of girl and that will answer this question. There isn't a deep meaning in every single Chinese word/phrase.

  • my teacher said it means: family name. that mothers give their family name to their children
    – user3427
    Oct 28, 2013 at 7:57
  • I am sorry to say your teacher is wrong. Children take on their father's family name so that doesn't make any sense.
    – grayQuant
    Oct 28, 2013 at 17:07
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    No, OP's teacher is correct when it is a historical topic. See and .
    – Stan
    Oct 29, 2013 at 2:06
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    @Stan, I see my mistake. OP wrote 女生, which I perceived to be separate characters meaning girl or female. 姓 is a different story.
    – grayQuant
    Oct 29, 2013 at 4:55

It simply means girl, not necessary to stand for students or adolescents.


In mainland China, 女生 refers to school girls,in Taiwan 女生 refers to school girls and the girls who haven’t married yet

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