10 strokes
meat 肉 (⺼)
bosom, breast, chest, heart, feelings
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N2
1144 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 胸部 【キョウブ】 chest, breast
  • 胸中 【キョウチュウ】 one's heart, one's mind, one's intentions
  • 豊胸 【ホウキョウ】 full breasts, ample breasts, breast enlargement
  • 開胸 【カイキョウ】 thoracotomy

Kun reading compounds

  • 胸 【むね】 chest, breast, breasts, bosom, bust, heart, lungs, stomach, heart, mind, feelings
  • 胸いっぱい 【むねいっぱい】 getting a lump in one's throat, overflowing with feelings, chest full of, lungs full of
  • 両胸 【りょうむね】 both sides of the chest, both breasts
  • 鳩胸 【はとむね】 pigeon chest (Pectus carinatum, deformity of the chest, protruding ribs and sternum), pigeon breast, woman with big breasts, iron armor with protruding chest, curved front portion of a stirrup, curve at the base of a shamisen neck


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • pecho
  • corazón
  • sentimientos


  • seio
  • peito
  • tórax
  • coração
  • sentimentos


  • poitrine
  • seins
  • coeur
  • sentiments
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840 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1085 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
3768 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1149 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
846 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1347 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1283 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1357 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1086 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1030 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1187 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
647 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
858 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1504 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
29442 Morohashi
951 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4811 New Nelson (John Haig)
1491 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1604 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
897 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3952 2001 Kanji
4b6.9 The Kanji Dictionary
1-4-6 SKIP code
7722.0 Four corner code
1-22-27 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
80f8 Unicode hex code