9 strokes
sheep 羊 (⺶)
beauty, beautiful
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
462 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 美 【ビ】 beauty
  • 美意識 【ビイシキ】 sense of beauty, aesthetic sense
  • 華美 【カビ】 splendor, splendour, gorgeousness, pomp, magnificence, showiness, gaudiness, extravagance, luxury
  • 造形美 【ゾウケイビ】 beauty of form (oft. used of nature), beauty of a sculpted shape
  • 御 【ミ】 august, beautiful
  • 見事 【ミゴト】 splendid, magnificent, excellent, fine, superb, beautiful, admirable, utter (esp. defeat), total, complete, something worth seeing, sight, spectacle
  • 水野亜美 【ミズノアミ】 Ami Mizuno (Sailor Moon character)
  • 伊邪那美 【イザナミ】 Izanami (Shinto goddess)

Kun reading compounds

  • 美しい 【うつくしい】 beautiful, pretty, lovely, sweet, pure (heart, friendship, etc.)


Japanese names:
はる、 よし、 よしみ、 り
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • belleza
  • bello


  • beleza
  • bela


  • beauté
  • beau, belle
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