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See also: [U+25EF LARGE CIRCLE], [U+26AC MEDIUM SMALL WHITE CIRCLE], [U+2218 RING OPERATOR], and Appendix:Variations of "o"
U+25CB.svg
U+25CB, ○
WHITE CIRCLE

[U+25CA]
Geometric Shapes
[U+25CC]
U+FFEE, ○
HALFWIDTH WHITE CIRCLE
[unassigned: U+FFEF–U+FFF8]

[U+FFED]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FFF9]
Emoji u2b55.svg
U+2B55, ⭕
HEAVY LARGE CIRCLE

[U+2B54]
Miscellaneous Symbols and Arrows
[U+2B56]

Translingual[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A generic circle shape.

Symbol[edit]

  1. A female family member in a family tree. Compare (a male family member in a family tree).
  2. A circled number ①, ②, ③, etc. represents the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. item.
    • 2013, Emily Laurence Baker, Slow New Forest: Local, characterful guides to Britain's special places (in English), Bradt Travel Guides, →ISBN, page 109:
      New Forest Wildlife Park
      Deerleap Lane, Ashurst SO41 4UH Ⓣ 023 [] Ⓦ www.newforestwildlifepark.co.uk
  3. A circled letter Ⓐ, Ⓑ, Ⓒ, etc. represents the Ath, Bth, Cth, etc. item.
    • 2004, Faye Berryman, Philip O'Carroll, Fitzroy Word Skills 3 Answer Book (Stories 21-30) (in English), Lai Lai Book Company, →ISBN, page 75:
      Fill each gap below. Use the word from the story.
      It seemed that she just didn't like her toys.
      But her mum answered, “I don't have time...”
      I really like talking.

See also[edit]

  • Circled letters:
    • (the symbol of anarchism)
    • (indicates a phone number)
    • (indicates a website)
    • (indicates the last date at which the item must be sold at a fixed price under saihan seido, Japan's resale price maintenance system)
    • (indicates the first date at which the item must be sold at a fixed price under saihan seido, Japan's resale price maintenance system)
  • Intellectual property symbols:
    • © (copyright symbol)
    • (sound recording copyright symbol)
    • ® (registered trademark symbol)


Presentations of ○
Text
style
Emoji
style
⭕︎ ⭕️
Note: Character's appearance
may be different on each system.

Japanese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Directly from 'circle, circular'.

Noun[edit]

(まる) (maru

  1. circle
  2. correct, check mark, good

Antonyms[edit]

Coordinate terms[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

Symbol[edit]

(まる) or (なに) (maru or nani

  1. Placeholder for a kanji or kana.
    1. Used to indicate a space to be filled in.
      ○○が好き
      ______ ga suki
      to like ______
    2. Used to censor or obscure individual characters.
      セッ○ス
      sekkusu
      s*x (sex)
      創○○会
      Sōka Gakkai
      S*k* Gak*i (Soka Gakkai)
      Micr○soft
      Micr*soft
      ち○ぽ
      chi*po
      d**k
      • 2004, 榎本年弥, 旅の指さし会話帳7 オーストラリア: オーストラリア英語[1], Joho Center Publishing, →ISBN, page 122:
        prick………チポコ
        prickhead………バカ野郎
        dickheadと同じく、「チンコ頭」の意味。

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