Etymology: From æç "wide rope", the symbol of their rank worn about the waist.
- (sumo) The highest rank of sumo wrestler, above ozeki; a grand champion.
- 1997: A is the very highest rank in sumo " "just like Mameha's position in Gion," as Nobu explained it to me. I had no reason to doubt him; but if Mameha ever took half as much time entering a party as these yokozuna took entering the ring, she'd certainly never be invited back. " Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha (Vintage 1998, p. 202)
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