6 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
transmit, go along, walk along, follow, report, communicate, legend, tradition
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
416 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 伝 【デン】 legend, tradition, biography, life, method, way, horseback transportation and communication relay system used in ancient Japan
  • 伝記 【デンキ】 biography, life story
  • 駅伝 【エキデン】 long-distance relay race, stagecoach, post horse
  • 評伝 【ヒョウデン】 critical biography
  • 転手 【テンジュ】 tuning peg (on a biwa or shamisen)
  • 伝奏 【テンソウ】 delivering a message to the emperor

Kun reading compounds

  • 伝わる 【つたわる】 to spread (of a rumour, news, etc.), to travel, to circulate, to go around, to be passed around, to become known, to be handed down (from generation to generation), to be passed down, to be introduced (to a country, region, etc.), to be brought, to come, to be conveyed (of a feeling, impression, etc.), to be felt, to come across, to travel (of sound, electricity, etc.), to propagate, to be conducted, to be transmitted, to go along, to move along
  • 伝える 【つたえる】 to convey, to report, to transmit, to communicate, to tell, to impart, to propagate, to teach, to bequeath
  • 伝う 【つたう】 to go along, to walk along, to follow
  • 伝 【つて】 means of making contact, intermediary, go-between, connections, influence, pull, good offices
  • 伝言 【つてこと】 verbal message, word (from someone), rumour, rumor
  • 風のつて 【かぜのつて】 hearsay, rumor, grapevine


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • transmitir
  • tradición
  • ser transmitido
  • comunicar
  • seguir


  • transmitir
  • progredir
  • andar ao longo
  • seguir
  • relatório
  • comunicar
  • lenda
  • tradição


  • transmettre
  • côtoyer
  • suivre
  • rapporter
  • communiquer
  • légende
  • tradition
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580 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
553 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
494 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
379 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
554 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
308 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
359 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
3.3 Japanese for Busy People
434 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
440 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
278 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
68 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
48 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
28 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
29 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
972 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
462P Morohashi
44 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
141 New Nelson (John Haig)
963 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1036 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
331 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
470 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2171 2001 Kanji
2a4.14 The Kanji Dictionary
1-2-4 SKIP code
2123.1 Four corner code
1-37-33 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
4f1d Unicode hex code