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Noun (futsuumeishi)
Usually written using kana alone
the public (esp. much-discussed, much-heard), the street (e.g. "word on the street")

Usually written using kana alone
street, district, quarters

Usually written using kana alone
location (of a battle, etc.), scene (e.g. of carnage)

Usually written using kana alone
divide (e.g. between life and death)

orig. meaning
fork (in a road), crossroadsStraße, Pflaster, Schauplatz von etw., unruhiger Ort, Öffentlichkeit, Publikum, Leute

ON: コウKUN: ちまた
fork in road, scene, arena, theater

ON: キ, ギ
branch off, fork in road, scene, arena, theater

ON: KUN: みち

Example sentences
ちまたではインターネットなるものがはやっています。Parts: (ちまた), インターネット (インタネット), なる, (もの), 遣る (やる)Les gens parlent à propos du phénomène Internet.
People are talking about this Internet phenomenon.

その歌は巷で流行した。Parts: 其の (その), (うた), (ちまた), 流行 (はやり)The song caught on with the public.

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