Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman forced to serve as a prostitute for Japanese servicemen during World War II.

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  • n. A woman forced, or supposedly recruited, into brothels by the Japanese occupation forces during World War II.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a woman forced into prostitution for Japanese servicemen during World War II

Etymologies

Translation of Japanese ianfu : ian, comfort + fu, woman.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • For at least a year after that, he and Rom had shared a rare moment of rapport in their guilty, private pleasure every time Dukat came to the bar with whoever his latest comfort woman was and regaled her with the story of Admiral Alkene, ending with a grandiloquent toast and salute to the mural.

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