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Japanese Katakana RE.png
U+30EC, レ
KATAKANA LETTER RE

[U+30EB]
Katakana
[U+30ED]
U+32F9, ㋹
CIRCLED KATAKANA RE

[U+32F8]
Enclosed CJK Letters and Months
[U+32FA]
U+FF9A, レ
HALFWIDTH KATAKANA LETTER RE

[U+FF99]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FF9B]

Ainu[edit]

Ainu cardinal numbers
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Pronunciation[edit]

Numeral[edit]

(re)

  1. three

Japanese[edit]

Stroke order
1 stroke

Etymology[edit]

Simplified in the Heian period from the man'yōgana kanji . Compare cognate hiragana (more cursive), and shinjitai kanji (similar but less radical).

Pronunciation[edit]

Syllable[edit]

(romaji re)

  1. The katakana syllable (re). Its equivalent in hiragana is (re). It is the forty-second syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (ra-gyō e-dan, row ra, section e).

Usage notes[edit]

Unlike the hiragana system, used for Japanese language words that kanji does not cover, the katakana syllabary is used primarily for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese and the writing of loan words (collectively gairaigo), as well as to represent onomatopoeias, technical and scientific terms, and the names of plants, animals, and minerals. Names of Japanese companies, as well as certain Japanese language words, are also sometimes written in katakana rather than the other systems. [edit]

Derived terms[edit]

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