Jjang meaning explained: It appears in various forms – jjang, kkaep jjang, illjjang – but what does the South Korean word jjang actually mean, và how is it used?

One of the fun things about the emergence of bands, films & influencers across the globe is the chance khổng lồ feel a little clever by learning some new words, even slang. 

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The K-Pop phenomenon is still going strong, with South Korean bands such as BTS, ACE và others adding new faces and rhythms khổng lồ pop, rap and electronic pop. With them, we’ve sầu gained some new terms and phrases. 

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What does jjang mean?

A quick disclaimer here – unfortunately I don’t speak Korean, other than what I’ve garnered from Duolingo và a few words picked up during taekwonbởi vì training. As such, I’m heavily reliant on the helpful translations I’ve found.

It’s possible Korean readers of The Focus may be left cringing by any errors here, for which I apologise in advance!

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But with that said…


The word jjang means ‘best’. It’s also used as a title khổng lồ mean ‘chief’. As someone on Quora explained, it conveys someone or something is ‘superb’, ‘superior or dominant’, ‘the best person’.

Among young people especially it has been used as slang lớn convey a general sense of excellence. In popular slang, it not only means best but also ‘awesome’.

YouTuber Granny Kim, from Sweet And Tasty TV, gives a mocking frown at the idea. She tells us on light-hearted tutorial Korean Word Of The Week, jjang is “sometimes confused with daebak”, which means ‘big win’ or ‘awesome’. 

While acknowledging the popular use of jjang, she points out: “Just because something is daebak, doesn’t mean it’s jjang!”

Regardless, jjang is often used lớn mean awesome as well as best, especially among young people. Some social truyền thông media posts note it’s becoming less popular as a term ahy vọng South Korean youth, but it has far from disappeared. 


BTS và ARMY = THE jjangest Family!!#jjang pic.twitter.com/dhKbpXlihJ

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