7 strokes
soldier, private, troops, army, warfare, strategy, tactics
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N2
522 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 兵 【ヘイ】 (common) soldier, rank and file, army, troops, warfare, strategy
  • 兵隊 【ヘイタイ】 soldier, sailor
  • 伏兵 【フクヘイ】 ambush, troops in ambush, unexpected opposition, unexpected obstacle
  • 工兵 【コウヘイ】 combat engineer, military engineer, combat engineering, military engineering
  • 兵 【ヒョウ】 pawn
  • 兵庫県 【ヒョウゴケン】 Hyōgo Prefecture (Kinki area)
  • 小兵 【コヒョウ】 small build, small stature
  • 大兵 【ダイヒョウ】 great stature, large build

Kun reading compounds

  • 兵 【つわもの】 soldier, warrior, person of courage, strong person, very capable person, master (in a field)
  • 古強者 【ふるつわもの】 feudal warrior, samurai, old soldier, veteran, old hand


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • soldado
  • marinero
  • tropa


  • soldado
  • particular
  • tropas
  • exército
  • guerra
  • estratégia
  • tática


  • soldat
  • simple soldat
  • troupes
  • armée
  • guerre
  • stratégie
  • tactique
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