5 strokes
even, flat, peace
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
128 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 平 【ヘイ】 nth year in the Heisei era (1989.1.8-2019.4.30)
  • 平安 【ヘイアン】 peace, tranquility, tranquillity, Heian period (794-1185)
  • 和平 【ワヘイ】 peace
  • 公平 【コウヘイ】 fairness, impartiality, justice, objectivity
  • 平等 【ビョウドウ】 equality, impartiality, evenness
  • 平常心 【ビョウジョウシン】 everyday feelings, usual feelings
  • 寛平 【カンピョウ】 Kanpyō era (889.4.27-898.4.26), Kanbyō era
  • 天平 【テンピョウ】 Tenpyō era (729.8.5-749.4.14), Tenbyō era, Tenhei era
  • 平韻 【ヒョウイン】 level-tone rhyme (of Chinese)
  • 平声 【ヒョウショウ】 first tone in old Chinese phonetics, level tone, (of a Japanese accent) having a low, flat tone

Kun reading compounds

  • 平ら 【たいら】 flat, level, even, smooth, calm, tranquil, placid, composed, stable, relaxed (sitting posture), comfortable, plateau, tableland, plain
  • 平らか 【たいらか】 level, just, peaceful
  • 平らげる 【たいらげる】 to eat up (completely), to put down (a rebellion), to suppress, to subjugate, to make flat, to level out
  • 平 【ひら】 something broad and flat, common, ordinary, plain, rank-and-file, low-ranking employee, freshman, novice, private
  • 平泳ぎ 【ひらおよぎ】 breaststroke (swimming)
  • 嘉平次平 【かへいじひら】 hakama fabric made from meisen silk
  • 金平 【かねひら】 Acheilognathus rhombeus (species of cyprinid)


Japanese names:
たいら、 たら、 はち、 ひ、 ひとし、 へ、 へん
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
pyeong, pyeon


  • llanura
  • liso
  • llano
  • plano
  • sencillo


  • até mesmo
  • apartamento
  • paz


  • plan(e)
  • plat
  • paix
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202 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
202 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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1590 New Nelson (John Haig)
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