Maknae / Magnae(막내) :: kpop dictionary
What does maknae mean in korean? you might be heard of this word from many kpop news or fan blogging or whatever thing is.
Maknae means the youngest one in the group.
Taemin is the youngest member in SHINee, so Taemin is maknae in Shinee. In western culture, we don't count who's how old, but in Asian culture, age is very important in their relationship. As you might know, Korean, Chinese and Japanses have different words for older people. They speak with more formal language to the elders. It is because in Asian culture, people respect elders. So, according to this Asian cultural background, koreans almost always indicate who is older when two is new to both, and who is the oldest and who is the youngest when they meet in the group.
And in Kpop culture, there is specified Maknae characters. The youngests, they are always have character as cute.
For your information: Maknaes in each Kpop groups2NE1 - Minzy
4Minute - Sohyun
SNSD - Seohyun
Big Bang - Seungri
INFINITE - SungJong
B2ST - Dong Woon
B1A4 - Gongchan