🌏 Region(s): Honshu (Standard)
きをつけ【気をつけ・気を付け】 : kiotsuke · kiwotsuke | define meaning
kiotsuke · kiwotsuke
- An expression used to call people to attention: "Attention!", "Atten-Hut!", "All Rise", "Please Stand"
Formed from the noun き【気】 ki, meaning "self, spirit, mind and heart", the accusative marker を wo, and the imperative verb form つけ【付け】 tsuke, meaning "set, put on, place, fix".
The expression きをつけ【気を付け】 kiotsuke is most commonly used in schools and martial art dojos. At the sound of said expression, students are expected to stand up and assume a straight posture. The teacher, instructor or lead student will then follow up by shouting out れい【礼】 rei, where all members will be expected to bow as a sign of respect.