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Definition: A term for addressing someone who has been at work or school longer than oneself. A senior, a superior, an older graduate, an old-timer.

A person can refer to someone as a Sempai or they can append it to the end of their name like an honorific.

The opposite term or the term for a Sempai referring to their junior is a Kouhai


  • This term appears a lot in school dramas. Pick any show where the school is the setting and one is likely to hear it.

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