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Translingual[edit]

Japanese stroke order
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Stroke order
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Etymology[edit]

Ideogram (指事):  (goat, sheep) +  (person) – a person with a goat headdress.

Han character[edit]

(radical 123 +3, 9 strokes, cangjie input 廿土大 (TGK), four-corner 80431, composition𦍌)

Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 951, character 10
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 28435
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1393, character 17
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 5, page 3126, character 5
  • Unihan data for U+7F8E

Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Pronunciation[edit]


Middle Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Character (美), Pronunciation (1/1)

Initial: 明 (4)
Final: 脂
Division: III

Openness: Open
Tone: Rising (X)

Fanqie: 無鄙切
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
Bernard
Karlgren
Li
Rong
Pan
Wuyun
Edwin
Pulleyblank
Wang
Li
Shao
Rongfen
/miɪX/ /miX/ /miX/ /miX/ /miX/ /miX/ /mjɪX/
Old Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Baxter-Sagart system (2011)
Character Modern Beijing
(Pinyin)
Middle Chinese Old Chinese English
měi ‹ mijX › /*mrəjʔ {*[m]rəjʔ}/ beautiful
Zhengzhang system (2003)
Character No. Phonetic
component
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
Corresponding
MC rime
Old Chinese Notes
8951 2 /*mriʔ/ 甲文象大人首插翎羽表美觀,取陳獨秀說

Adjective[edit]

  1. beautiful, pretty
    美人 [Beijing Mandarin, MSC, trad. and simp.]měirén [Pinyin] — a beautiful woman, a beauty
  2. delicious
    美食 [Beijing Mandarin, MSC, trad. and simp.]měishí [Pinyin] — culinary delicacy, fine food, gourmet food
  3. good

Verb[edit]

  1. to be pleased with oneself

Proper Noun[edit]

  1. the USA, the Americas (in compounds)
    美國 [trad.] / 美国 [simp.]Měiguó [Pinyin] — the USA
  2. A surname​. Mei

Compounds[edit]

References[edit]

  • "" (in Mandarin/English), MDBG English to Chinese dictionary ( Based on CC-CEDICT ). URL accessed on 2014-03-10.

Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 3 “Kyōiku” kanji)

Suffix[edit]

  1. suffix used by female given names, such as 奈美(なみ, Nami), 恵美(えみ, Emi; めぐみ, Megumi), 宏美(ひろみ, Hiromi)
  2. (rare) suffix used by male given names

Readings[edit]

Compounds[edit]


Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

(mi) (hangeul , McCune-Reischauer mi, Yale mi)

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Compounds[edit]


Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(mỹ, , mẻ, mỉ, như)

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