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Literally means "pretty boy," as in an attractive member of the male gender. Also spelled "bishonen," and sometimes shortened to "bish" and "bishie/bishy." It is a Japanese word, adopted by female anime fans in the rest of the world to denote any male anime, manga, or video game character they happen to find good looking. Strictly speaking, "bishounen" should only refer to boys under age 20, since a "pretty man" would be "biseinen." However, most people prefer to use bishounen for men and boys of all ages, as it is so widely used.

Opinions on which males are bishounen and which are not vary according to personal tastes. The stereotypical bishounen generally has long hair, a slender, graceful figure, and lacks facial hair. Bishounen tend to appear androgynous or feminine. They are also likely to have certain personality traits, like sensitivity, secretiveness, moodiness, refinement, and a dark, tormented past.

This word is a noun, but is sometimes used as an adjective, as in the sentence "That guy is so bishounen." As an adjective, the word means "having or displaying the traits of a bishounen."
"You can tell Vincent is a bishounen because he's thin, he has long hair, and he's really angsty."
by Stephanie M. July 01, 2003
The art of bishounen will never die. While they were a key role in Shounenai & all of it's predecessors, it's much less common in modern BL, especially anything Be X Boy produces.

Of course, bishounen is a loosely used term in America used for a pretty boy of any age. Bisyouta or Bishouta is a cute little boy & Biseinen is an attractive man while bishounen really refurs to teen boys with effeminate beauty.

For you men out there, most chicks in Japan PREFUR girly looking men. Look at Gackt & Izam, they had & still have girls crawling all over them.
Eroica Yori Ai wo Komette started off Biseinen; the men had femmish faces & they were tall, thin, & had tight flamboyant clothing. These days they look more masculine, have grown shorter & more muscely & their hands aren't nearly as slender.
by Allaiyah June 25, 2004
1. Japanese word for "pretty boy". Very feminine.
2. Weeaboo word for "gay emasculated fuck".
Bishounen are considered the Japanese ideal of beauty.

Young girls are often attracted to bishounen because they resemble them, and are less threatening than masculine men.

I hate bishounen.
by nat s. March 18, 2008
"Bi" is the kanji character for "beautiful"

"Shou" is the kanji character for small

"nen" is the kanji character for age

Thus when you combine the three you end up with beautiful young person. It's mainly used for boys, but can be used for girls as well.

Usually only used for kids up to junior high school age.
He's a bishounen


She's a bishounen
by Walt October 28, 2004
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