バツイチ, ばついち


someone who has been married once but was later divorced. This colloquial word is often applied to a divorced person who has since remarried.

The word comes from ばつ, the name for the symbol ×, plus 一 (いち), "one." When a person is divorced in Japan, a × is put over the name of the former spouse in the person's family register (戸籍(こせき)). A twice-divorced person is called バツニ, because there are two ×'s on the register, and thrice-divorced person バツサン, though these higher-order terms may not be understood without sufficient context.

バツイチ女
a divorced woman

ばついちパパ
a divorced father

バツイチとシングルの談話室
a chat room for divorced and single people

ぼくは、大阪の34歳のバツイチです。
I'm a 34-year-old divorced man in [from] Osaka.

『×−(バツイチ)の女たち』
(the title of a book)

ドリームアゲインへようこそ!このネットではバツイチをはじめとする結婚歴のある独身男女(お子様がおられる方ももちろん)の出会いを様々な企画でサポート致します。(Web, May 2000)

ママは、昔、銀座のクラブに出ていたこともあったが、結婚・出産そして離婚。再婚・出産そして離婚。いわゆるバツニだった。 (Web, May 2000)

「あいちゃん」という綺麗な女の子がいて、なんと彼女は「バツサン(離婚歴三回という事)」なのである。 (Web, May 2000)


This entry was created by Jim Lockhart, with additional contributions by Tom Gally, Brian Chandler, Hiroshi Hasebe, and Richard Thieme.


Definition and etymology revised 2000-06-09. Etymology revised slightly 2000-06-11.

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