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Japanese Hiragana kyokashotai SE.svg
U+305B, せ
HIRAGANA LETTER SE

[U+305A]
Hiragana
[U+305C]

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
3 strokes

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Derived in the Heian period from writing the man'yōgana kanji in the cursive sōsho style.

Syllable[edit]

(romaji se)

  1. The hiragana syllable (se). Its equivalent in katakana is (se). It is the fourteenth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (sa-gyō e-dan, row sa, section e).
Derived terms[edit]
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Alternative spellings

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (one's back; the rear of something):

Noun[edit]

(se

  1. one's back (part of the human body)
  2. one's height
    ()(なか)さんは()(たか)い。
    Tanaka-san wa se ga takai.
    Tanaka is tall.
  3. the rear of something, the area behind

Synonyms[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

Alternative spelling

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(se

  1. rapids, current

Etymology 4[edit]

Kansai variant of そう.

Adverb[edit]

(se

  1. (Kansai) thus
    やな。
    Se ya na.
    That is so. ("You're right", etc.)

Etymology 5[edit]

Alternative spelling

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(se

  1. se (Japanese unit of area)
Usage notes[edit]

Different from the Chinese (ho, mu).

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN