6 strokes
rice, USA, metre
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N3
61 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 米 【ベイ】 (United States of) America, USA
  • 米価 【ベイカ】 rice price
  • 在米 【ザイベイ】 being in the United States, staying in the United States, residing in the United States
  • 対米 【タイベイ】 relating to the USA, toward America, with America
  • 精米 【セイマイ】 rice polishing, polished rice
  • 白米 【ハクマイ】 polished rice, (uncooked) white rice

Kun reading compounds

  • 米 【こめ】 (husked grains of) rice, staple (product, etc.), necessity, (online) comment
  • 米倉 【こめぐら】 rice granary
  • お米 【おこめ】 (husked grains of) rice
  • アルボリオ米 【アルボリオこめ】 arborio rice (Italian variety)
  • 米 【よね】 88 years old, rice
  • 米沢牛 【よねざわぎゅう】 Yonezawa beef
  • 白米 【はくまい】 polished rice, (uncooked) white rice


Japanese names:
は、 べ、 まべ、 め、 よ、 よな、 よの、 よま
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • arroz
  • América
  • arroz (crudo)


  • arroz
  • EUA


  • grain de riz
  • Amérique
  • un mètre
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