Meaning

Primary

Experiences 

Alternatives

History, Journey, Travels

Word Type

noun, する verb

Explanation

It’s a universal truth that we are the continuation of our experiences and history.

The original meaning of this word is journey, or travels, in the literal sense of the word, but nowadays you’d usually use it more abstractly, to talk about things like your past experiences, or perhaps your spiritual journey.

Reading

へんれき
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

This is a jukugo word that uses the on'yomi readings of the kanji. You should be able to read this on your own.

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 〜の遍歴
  • 遍歴を〜
  • 〜遍歴

Common Word Combinations

  • 恋の遍歴
    history of one's romantic relationships
    心の遍歴
    mental journey, emotional journey
    魂の遍歴
    spiritual journey
  • 遍歴を重ねる
    to have many experiences, to go on many journeys
  • 諸国遍歴
    one’s travels to different regions of the country
    バイク遍歴
    one's history of motorcycles owned
    男性遍歴
    one's dating history with men
    女性遍歴
    one's dating history with women
    恋愛遍歴
    one’s dating history, one’s romantic experiences

Context Sentences

マイケルにはおもしろい恋愛遍歴がある。

Michael has a unique romantic history.

過去の男性遍歴を語ってくる女ってマジでうざいよな。

Don’t you think a woman who talks about her history with men is super annoying?

その浪人は、諸国を遍歴することにした。

That masterless samurai has decided to travel around various countries.

Kanji Composition