Phono-semantic compound (形聲): phonetic 任 + semantic 貝 (“shell, money”) – a kind of payment. 任 has meaning of “duty, employment”, so connotations of “money paid for employment (hire)” or “money that one has a duty to pay (rent)”.
- KangXi: page 1207, character 22
- Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 36743
- Dae Jaweon: page 1671, character 13
- Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 6, page 3639, character 5
- Unihan data for U+8CC3
賃 (simplified 赁, Yale yam6)