8 strokes
code, ceremony, law, rule
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N1
1055 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 典 【テン】 ceremony, celebration, law code
  • 典型 【テンケイ】 type, pattern, model, epitome, exemplar, archetype, perfect example
  • 国語辞典 【コクゴジテン】 Japanese-language dictionary, dictionary of a national language
  • 拉丁 【ラテン】 Latin (language), Latin-American, Latin, Latino, Latin, Roman, relating to the literature, culture, etc. of ancient Rome
  • 香典 【コウデン】 gift brought to a funeral (usu. money), funeral offering, condolence gift, incense money
  • 外典 【ガイテン】 Apocrypha (i.e. as opposed to the Biblical canon), non-Buddhist writings (esp. Confucian writings)


Japanese names:
すけ、 つね、 の、 のり
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • escrito
  • ceremonia
  • ley
  • regla


  • código
  • cerimônia
  • lei
  • regra


  • code
  • cérémonie
  • loi
  • règle
680 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
579 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
552 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
956 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
588 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
640 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1077 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
733 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
367 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
368 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
630 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
157 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3253 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1680 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2283 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1844 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
1474 Morohashi
2627 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
375 New Nelson (John Haig)
1827 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1969 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
512 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1961 2001 Kanji
2o6.5 The Kanji Dictionary
2-6-2 SKIP code
5580.1 Four corner code
1-37-21 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5178 Unicode hex code