[gey-shuh, gee-]
noun, plural geisha, geishas.
a Japanese woman trained as a professional singer, dancer, and companion for men.

1890–95; < Japanese, equivalent to gei arts (< Chinese) + -sha person (< Chin) Unabridged
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geisha (ˈɡeɪʃə)
n , pl -sha, -shas
a professional female companion for men in Japan, trained in music, dancing, and the art of conversation
[C19: from Japanese, from gei art + sha person, from Ancient Chinese ngi and che]

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Word Origin & History

1887, "Japanese girl whose profession is to sing and dance to entertain men;" hence, loosely, "prostitute," from Japanese, lit. "person accomplished in the social arts," from gei "art, performance" + sha "person." Cf. Athenian auletrides "flute-girls," female musicians who entertained guests at a symposium
with music at the start of the party and sex at the end of it.
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geisha [(gay-shuh, gee-shuh)]

A Japanese woman who is trained and paid to provide entertainment and amusing company for men.

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