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English Definitionprefix used before the surname of a person or a numeral indicating the order of birth of the children in a family or to indicate affection or familiarity; old (of people); venerable (person); experienced; of long standing; always; all the time; of the past; very; outdated; (of meat etc) tough
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Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo) ㄌㄠˇ
Cantonese (Jyutping)lou5
Part of Speech(形) adjective, (副) adverb, (词头) prefix
Proficiency Test LevelHSK=3; TOP=Basic,Intermediate

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老板lǎobǎnboss; business proprietor; Robam (brand)
老人lǎorénold man or woman; the elderly; one's aged parents or grandparents
老太太lǎo tàitaielderly lady (respectful); esteemed mother
Words With Same Tail Word    
古老gǔlǎoancient; old; age-old
养老yǎnglǎoto provide for the elderly (family members); to enjoy a life in retirement
衰老shuāilǎoto age; to deteriorate with age; old and weak
二老èrlǎomother and father; parents
偕老xiélǎoto grow old together
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