Jisho

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8 strokes
Radical:
mouth, opening
Parts:
fate, command, decree, destiny, life, appoint
Kun:
いのち
On:
メイミョウ
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
465 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Speed

Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 命 【メイ】 command, decree, life, destiny
  • 命じる 【メイジル】 to order, to command, to appoint
  • 延命 【エンメイ】 keeping alive longer, prolonging life, life extension, life-support
  • 十月革命 【ジュウガツカクメイ】 October Revolution
  • 命婦 【ミョウブ】 title for high-ranking court ladies
  • 延命 【エンメイ】 keeping alive longer, prolonging life, life extension, life-support
  • 安心立命 【アンシンリツメイ】 spiritual peace and enlightenment, keeping an unperturbed mind through faith

Kun reading compounds

  • 命 【いのち】 life, life force, lifetime, lifespan, most important thing, foundation, core, paired tattoos of the "life" kanji on the upper arms of a man and woman (indicating unwavering love), fate, destiny, karma
  • 命からがら 【いのちからがら】 for dear life, barely escaping alive
  • 貴い命 【たっといいのち】 precious life
  • 露の命 【つゆのいのち】 life as evanescent as the dew

Readings

Chinese:
ming4
Korean:
myeong

Spanish

  • orden
  • mandato
  • vida

Portuguese

  • destino
  • comando
  • decreto
  • vida

French

  • destinée
  • destin
  • ordre
  • décret
  • vie
  • nommer (à un poste)
519 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
416 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
394 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
388 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
430 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
387 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
411 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
671 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
578 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
587 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
997 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
325 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2553 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1303 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1772 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1412 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
3473 Morohashi
2058 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
767 New Nelson (John Haig)
1400 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1502 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
249 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
316 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2844 2001 Kanji
2a6.26 The Kanji Dictionary
2-2-6 SKIP code
2-3-5 SKIP code
8062.7 Four corner code
44-31 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
547d Unicode hex code

5 strokes
Radical:
man, human 人 (亻)
Parts:
orders, ancient laws, command, decree
On:
レイ
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N2
804 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Speed

Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 令 【レイ】 command, order, dictation
  • 令状 【レイジョウ】 warrant, summons, written order
  • 号令 【ゴウレイ】 order, command
  • 政令 【セイレイ】 government ordinance, cabinet order

Readings

Japanese names:
のり、 りょう、 れ
Chinese:
ling4, ling2, ling3
Korean:
ryeong

Spanish

  • órdenes
  • leyes

Portuguese

  • pedidos
  • leis antigas
  • comando
  • decreto

French

  • ordre
  • anciennes lois
  • décret
736 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
633 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
603 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
668 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
360 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
496 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
303 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
155 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
831 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
850 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
998 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
46 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2489 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1259 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1725 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1413 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
387 Morohashi
1995 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
121 New Nelson (John Haig)
1401 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1503 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
460 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2844 2001 Kanji
2a3.9 The Kanji Dictionary
2-2-3 SKIP code
2-3-2 SKIP code
8030.7 Four corner code
8022.7 Four corner code
46-65 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
4ee4 Unicode hex code