1. adjective big; huge; large
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Scale
    Notes: Middle Chinese: daH; the opposite of 小 'small'. For example, 大规模 'large scale.' Note that adjectives of size, like 大, must precede adjectives relating to shape. For example, 大黑马 'large black horse' (ABC 'dà' sv 1; CED '大' 1; GHC '大' 1; Guoyu '大' adj 1; Kroll 2015 '大' 1, p. 73; NCCED '大' 1; Sun 2006, loc. 1766).
  2. noun Kangxi radical 37
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Radicals
    Notes: (ABC back cover; GHC p. 7; Guoyu '大' n 4)
  3. adjective great; major; important
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语
    Notes: (Guoyu '大' adj 4)
  4. noun size
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Scale
    Notes: For example, what is the size of the dog? 狗多大?(CED '大'; NCCED '大' 2)
  5. adjective old
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Time
    Notes: In the sense of 年长 (ABC 'dà' sv 3; CED '大' 6; GHC '大' 4; Guoyu '大' adj 2; NCCED '大' 2). For example, as a very old age 年龄很大.
  6. adverb greatly; very
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语 , Subdomain: Scale
    Notes: For example, greatly terrified 大怖 (ABC 'dà' v 1; CED '大' 7; GHC '大' 6; Guoyu '大' adv 1; NCCED '大' 4)
  7. adjective oldest; earliest
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语
    Notes: In this use, 大 is a 指大 'augmentative' prefix (Crystal 2008, 'augmentative'; Sun 2006, loc. 695). For example, big sister 大姐 (CED '大' 10; GHC '大' 5; Guoyu '大' adj 5; NCCED '大' 5)
  8. noun adult
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语
    Notes: As in 大人 (Guoyu '大' n 2; NCCED '大' 6)
  9. tài adverb greatest; grand
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: Same as 太 (GHC '大' 7; Guoyu '大' tài; Kroll 2015 '大', p. 73)
  10. dài noun an important person
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: As in 大夫 'doctor' (ABC 'dài'; CED '大'; Guoyu '大' dài; NCCED '大')
  11. adjective senior
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语
    Notes: (Guoyu '大' adj 3)
  12. adverb approximately
    Domain: Modern Chinese 现代汉语
    Notes: As in 大概 (Guoyu '大' adv 4)
  13. tài adverb greatest; grand
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: Same as 太 (GHC '大' 7; Kroll 2015 '大', p. 73)
  14. noun an element
    Domain: Buddhism 佛教
    Notes: Sanskrit equivalent: mahābhūta; in the sense of the 四大 four mahābhūta or great elements: earth, water, fire, and wind (BCSD '大', p. 317; BL 'mahābhūta', p. 493; FGDB '大'; Kroll 2015 '大' 3; SH '大', p. 83)
  15. adjective great; mahā
    Domain: Buddhism 佛教
    Notes: Sanskrit equivalent: mahā, Tibetan: chen po, Japanese: dai, or: tai (BCSD '大', p. 317; DJBT '大', p. 434; Mahāvyutpatti 'mahān')

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  • Scroll 4 Shi Shi Ji Gu Lue 釋氏稽古略 — count: 266
  • Scroll 98 The Large Sūtra on Perfection of Wisdom 大般若波羅蜜多經 — count: 216
  • Scroll 110 Mahāratnakūṭasūtra (The Great Treasures Collection Sūtra) 大寶積經 — count: 213
  • Scroll 1 Shijia Pu 釋迦譜 — count: 180
  • Scroll 7 Chuan Fa Zhengzong Ji 傳法正宗記 — count: 164
  • Scroll 27 Zhen Yuan Era Catalog of Newly Authorized Buddhist Teachings (Zhen Yuan Xin Ding Shijiao Mulu) 貞元新定釋教目錄 — count: 144
  • Scroll 29 Zhen Yuan Era Catalog of Newly Authorized Buddhist Teachings (Zhen Yuan Xin Ding Shijiao Mulu) 貞元新定釋教目錄 — count: 142
  • Scroll 2 Si Fen Lu Xingshi Chao Zi Chi Ji 四分律行事鈔資持記 — count: 139
  • Scroll 3 Si Fen Lu Shan Fan Bu Que Xingshi Chao 四分律刪繁補闕行事鈔 — count: 139
  • Scroll 2 Mahāmeghasūtra (Da Fangdeng Wuxiang Jing) 大方等無想經 — count: 139

Collocations

  • 大祀 (大祀) 婆羅門欲設大祀 — Dīrghāgama 長阿含經, Scroll 15 — count: 43
  • 大婆罗门 (大婆羅門) 汝曾與諸耆舊長宿大婆羅門如是論耶 — Dīrghāgama 長阿含經, Scroll 13 — count: 16
  • 欲大 (欲大) 我今欲大祭祀 — Dīrghāgama 長阿含經, Scroll 15 — count: 15
  • 设大 (設大) 婆羅門欲設大祀 — Dīrghāgama 長阿含經, Scroll 15 — count: 13
  • 大威力 (大威力) 諸天大威力 — Dīrghāgama 長阿含經, Scroll 1 — count: 11
  • 大果报 (大果報) 得大果報 — Dīrghāgama 長阿含經, Scroll 2 — count: 11
  • 大动 (大動) 地為大動 — Dīrghāgama 長阿含經, Scroll 2 — count: 7
  • 大患 (大患) 欲為大患 — Dīrghāgama 長阿含經, Scroll 2 — count: 7
  • 大施 (大施) 我今當為一切大施 — Dīrghāgama 長阿含經, Scroll 7 — count: 6
  • 诸天大 (諸天大) 諸天大威力 — Dīrghāgama 長阿含經, Scroll 1 — count: 6