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See also: 日月

Translingual[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The traditional etymology follows the modern form in finding Ideogrammic compound (會意): (sun) + (moon). However, the etymology may be somewhat less simple, as alleged older forms of the character show the moon shining through a window. [1]

Han character[edit]

(radical 72 +4, 8 strokes, cangjie input 日月 (AB), four-corner 67020, composition)

  1. bright, light, brilliant
  2. clear
  3. Ming Dynasty
  4. a surname, listed as #111 on the Baijiaxing
  5. a (usually masculine) given name, sometimes used as a generic Chinese male name, like John.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Sears, "Etymology: 明", URL accessed on 2008-06-15.
  • KangXi: page 491, character 12
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 13805
  • Dae Jaweon: page 852, character 18
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 2, page 1491, character 8
  • Unihan data for U+660E

Cantonese[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Jyutping ming4, Yale ming4)

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 2 “Kyōiku” kanji)

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Proper noun[edit]

(hiragana あきら, romaji Akira)

  1. A male given name

Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(myeong) (hangeul , revised myeong, McCune-Reischauer myŏng, Yale myeng)

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Mandarin[edit]

Hanzi[edit]

(Pinyin míng (ming2), Míng (Ming2), Wade-Giles ming2, Ming2)

  1. next; following

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Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(minh)

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