8 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
example, custom, usage, precedent
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
399 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 例 【レイ】 example, instance, illustration, case, precedent, custom, habit, practice, usage
  • 例会 【レイカイ】 regular meeting
  • 恒例 【コウレイ】 established practice, custom
  • 定例 【テイレイ】 regular, ordinary (e.g. session of parliament), established usage, precedent, regular practice

Kun reading compounds

  • 例える 【たとえる】 to compare (something) to, to liken, to speak figuratively, to use a simile, to use a metaphor
  • 例えるなら 【たとえるなら】 for example


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • ejemplo
  • normal
  • comparar
  • ilustrar


  • exemplo
  • costume
  • uso
  • precedente


  • exemple
  • coutume
  • usage
  • précédent
737 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
635 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
605 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
508 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
428 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
441 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
314 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
612 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
622 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
811 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
93 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
99 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
67 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
71 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
981 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
587 Morohashi
89 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
193 New Nelson (John Haig)
972 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1046 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
294 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
518 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2143 2001 Kanji
2a6.7 The Kanji Dictionary
1-2-6 SKIP code
2220.0 Four corner code
1-46-67 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
4f8b Unicode hex code