word corresponding to "best
" or "most
" in English
. It literally translate
s to "number one" -- the fact that it is the means of saying "greatest" or "best" kind of emphasizes the strict rank
ing system of historic Japan
Ichiban kirai na yasui wa nan desu ka.
Which vegetables do you hate the most?
(lit. As for number one hated vegetables, what are they?)
Sono neko wa ichiban kiree desu.
That cat is the prettiest.
Written ichi-ban, with the kanji for the numeral "one" and "number in a series". Sometimes written completely with hiragana.