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Stroke Count
6 Strokes
Radical
儿 + 4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. before, ahead, previous, future, precedence
Readings
Kun'yomi: さき、ま.ず。
On'yomi: セン。

Japanese Meaning for 先

Dictionary Entries for 先

saki
noun, no adjective, noun, used as a suffix, prefix
  1. previous; prior; former; some time ago; preceding
  2. point (e.g. pencil); tip; end; nozzle
  3. head (of a line); front
  4. ahead; the other side
  5. the future; hereafter
  6. destination
  7. the other party
sen
noun, no adjective
  1. the future; priority; precedence; former; previous; old; late

Stroke Order Diagrams for 先

Construction of Character for 先

Radicals and parts present in 先
Radical legs radical (no. 10) Kanji Details »
Part
Part soil, earth, ground, Turkey Kanji Details »
Origin and construction of 先
  1. 会意。「」(=)+「」でさきに進むの意、又は、人の足先(「」の原字)の意を表す。

Kanji related to 先

  • 寿

    稿

Meanings in Other Languages for 先

French
  1. avant, devant, précédent, futur, antériorité
Portuguese
  1. antes, prévio, na frente, futuro, precedência
Spanish
  1. antes, adelante, previo, precedencia, extremo, punta, final, anterior

Comments for 先

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Kanji can definitely have more than one radical. There are a lot less radicals than Kanji. For example 力 is one radical in 別

#2 Posted by adam wolf over 3 years ago

 Hello. I always thought that each kanji had only one radical per kanji. However, this one is showing three. Am I wrong?

#1 Posted by Bashiek over 3 years ago


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