3 strokes
big, very
large, big
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 1
JLPT level N5
7 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 大 【ダイ】 the large part of, big, large, great, approximate size, no larger than, -university, large (e.g. serving size), loud (e.g. volume setting)
  • 大学 【ダイガク】 post-secondary education institution, incl. university, college, etc., former central university of Kyoto (established under the ritsuryo system for the training of government administrators), the Great Learning - one of the Four Books
  • 偉大 【イダイ】 greatness
  • 重大 【ジュウダイ】 serious, important, significant, grave, weighty
  • 大変 【タイヘン】 very, greatly, immense, enormous, great, serious, grave, dreadful, terrible, difficult, hard, major incident, disaster
  • 大切 【タイセツ】 important, necessary, indispensable, beloved, precious, dear, cherished, valuable, careful
  • 負荷増大 【フカゾウタイ】 load increase
  • 御大 【オンタイ】 boss, governor

Kun reading compounds

  • 大きい 【おおきい】 big, large, great, loud


Japanese names:
うふ、 お、 おう、 た、 たかし、 とも、 はじめ、 ひろ、 ひろし、 まさ、 まさる、 もと、 わ
da4, dai4
dae, da, tae


  • grande
  • muy
  • mucho


  • grande
  • enorme


  • grand
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