13 strokes
man, human 人 (亻)
greatness, excellence
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
1926 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 傑 【ケツ】 the top (e.g. top ten), the best
  • 傑人 【ケツジン】 outstanding person
  • 豪傑 【ゴウケツ】 hero, great man
  • 英傑 【エイケツ】 great person, hero, mastermind, extraordinary person

Kun reading compounds

  • 優れる 【すぐれる】 to surpass, to outstrip, to excel


Japanese names:
すぐ、 たけ、 まさ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • grandeza
  • excelencia
  • excelente


  • grandeza
  • excelência


  • grandeur
  • excellence
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1601 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
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1063 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1827 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1731 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1849 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1431 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
127 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
175 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
115 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
133 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1008 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
955 Morohashi
155 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
293 New Nelson (John Haig)
999 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1074 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1606 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2164 2001 Kanji
2a11.6 The Kanji Dictionary
1-2-11 SKIP code
2529.4 Four corner code
1-23-70 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5091 Unicode hex code