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Translingual[edit]

Stroke order
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Han character[edit]

(radical 147 +0, 7 strokes, cangjie input 月山竹山 (BUHU), four-corner 60210, composition)

Descendants[edit]

Derived characters[edit]

References[edit]

  • KangXi: page 1133, character 1
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 34796
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1599, character 8
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 6, page 3663, character 1
  • Unihan data for U+898B

Chinese[edit]

trad.
simp.

Glyph origin[edit]

Historical forms of the character
Oracle bone script Bronze inscriptions Large seal script Small seal script
見-oracle.svg 見-bronze.svg 見-bigseal.svg 見-seal.svg

‎(eye) +  ‎(human) – an eye on a pair of legs. Originally a human figure with a large eye for a head.

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Sino-Tibetan *ken ~ m-kjen.

Pronunciation 1[edit]


Middle Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Character (), Pronunciation 1/2

Initial: (28)
Final: (85)
Tone: Departing (H)

Openness: Open
Division: IV
Fanqie:

Expected Mandarin reflex: jiàn
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
Pan
Wuyun
Shao
Rongfen
Edwin
Pulleyblank
Li
Rong
Wang
Li
Bernard
Karlgren
/kenH/ /kenH/ /kɛnH/ /kɛnH/ /kenH/ /kienH/ /kienH/
Character (), Pronunciation 2/2

Initial: (33)
Final: (85)
Tone: Departing (H)

Openness: Open
Division: IV
Fanqie:

Expected Mandarin reflex: xiàn
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
Pan
Wuyun
Shao
Rongfen
Edwin
Pulleyblank
Li
Rong
Wang
Li
Bernard
Karlgren
/ɦenH/ /ɦenH/ /ɣɛnH/ /ɦɛnH/ /ɣenH/ /ɣienH/ /ɣienH/
Old Chinese pronunciation (, reconstructed)
Baxter-Sagart system 1.1 (2014)
Character Modern Beijing
(Pinyin)
Middle Chinese Old Chinese English
jiàn ‹ kenH › /*[k]ˤen-s/ see (v.)
xiàn ‹ henH › /*N-[k]ˤen-s/ appear
xiàn ‹ henH › /*m-[k]ˤen-s/ cause to appear, introduce

Notes for Old Chinese notations in the Baxter-Sagart system:

  • Parentheses "()" indicate uncertain presence;
  • Square brackets "[]" indicate uncertain identity, e.g. *[t] as coda may in fact be *-t or *-p;
  • Angle brackets "<>" indicate infix;
  • Hyphen "-" indicates morpheme boundary;
  • Period "." indicates syllable boundary.
Zhengzhang system (2003)
Character No. Phonetic
component
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
Corresponding
MC rime
Old Chinese Notes
6192 2 /*keːns/
6206 2 /*ɡeːns/

Definitions[edit]

  1. to see
    /   ―  jiàn guò  ―  to have seen
  2. to meet; to see
    我們點鐘 / 我们点钟  ―  Wǒmen bā diǎnzhōng jiàn.  ―  We'll meet at eight.
  3. to see; to refer to; vide
    /   ―  jiàn xià yè  ―  Please refer to next page.
    • 下面 / 下面  ―  jiàn xiàmiàn  ―  see below
  4. to appear; to seem
    /   ―  jiàn  ―  to appear, to seem
  5. opinion, idea, view
    /   ―  jiànjiě  ―  opinion, view
    /   ―  jiàn  ―  opinion, idea
  6. (to have something done) by (someone or something)

Pronunciation 2[edit]


Definitions[edit]

  1. Original form of (xiàn, “to appear”).

Compounds[edit]


Japanese[edit]

Kanji[edit]

(grade 1 “Kyōiku” kanji)

  1. to see

Readings[edit]

Compounds[edit]


Korean[edit]

Hanja[edit]

‎(gyeon, hyeon)
Eumhun:

  • Sound (hangeul): ,  (McCune-Reischauer: kyŏn, hyŏn, Yale: kyen, hyen)
  • Name (hangeul): , 뵈올 (revised: bol, boeol, McCune-Reischauer: pol, poeol, Yale: pol, poy.ol)
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Vietnamese[edit]

Han character[edit]

(kiến, kén, hiện, lương)

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