7 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
rank, grade, throne, crown, about, some
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
276 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 位 【イ】 rank, place (e.g. first place), decimal place, counter for ghosts
  • 位置 【イチ】 place, situation, position, location
  • 部位 【ブイ】 part (esp. of the body), region, site, cut (of meat)
  • 高位 【コウイ】 dignity, eminent, high ranking, high-order (digit, bit, etc.)

Kun reading compounds

  • 位 【くらい】 throne, crown, (nobleman's) seat, government position, court rank, social standing, rank, class, echelon, rung, grade (of quality, etc.), level, tier, rank, position of a figure (e.g. tens, thousands), digit, (decimal) place, degree, extent, amount
  • 位が昇る 【くらいがのぼる】 to rise in rank


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • grado
  • posición
  • aproximadamente
  • trono


  • posição
  • grau
  • trono
  • coroa
  • sobre
  • alguma


  • rang
  • position
  • grade
  • trône
  • couronne
  • à peu près
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421 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
482 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
401 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
122 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
312 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
354 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
122 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
122 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
417 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
72 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
69 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
42 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
45 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
964 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
503 Morohashi
61 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
162 New Nelson (John Haig)
955 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1028 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
319 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
473 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2173 2001 Kanji
2a5.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-2-5 SKIP code
2021.8 Four corner code
1-16-44 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
4f4d Unicode hex code