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大爷
dà ye
n. uncle, father's elder brother; respectful form of address used on elder man (older than sixty)
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This is widely used in spoken Chinese, especially in mainland China to address to an elder man with respect. Please note that when it is used in this meaning, 爷 is pronounced with the neutral tone -- 大爷 da4 ye5. If you pronounce 大爷 as da4 ye2, the meaning will be totally different.
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