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


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 令 【レイ】 command, order, dictation, nth year in the Reiwa era (May 1, 2019-)
  • 令状 【レイジョウ】 warrant, summons, written order
  • 号令 【ゴウレイ】 order (esp. to a number of people), command, ritual of bowing at start and end of school class
  • 政令 【セイレイ】 government ordinance, cabinet order


Japanese names:
のり、 りょう、 れ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
ling4, ling2, ling3


  • órdenes
  • leyes


  • pedidos
  • leis antigas
  • comando
  • decreto


  • 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
1-46-65 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
4ee4 Unicode hex code