7 strokes
knife, sword 刀 (刂)
separate, branch off, diverge, fork, another, extra, specially
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N4
214 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 別 【ベツ】 distinction, difference, discrimination, separate, different, another, extra, exception, exclusion, classified by, ranked by, according to
  • 別に 【ベツニ】 (not) particularly, (not) especially, (not) specially, separately, apart, additionally, extra
  • 無差別 【ムサベツ】 indiscrimination, without discrimination, indiscriminate
  • 告別 【コクベツ】 farewell, leave-taking

Kun reading compounds

  • 別れる 【わかれる】 to part (usu. of people), to part from, to part with, to be apart from, to separate (of a couple), to break up, to divorce, to lose (e.g. one's mother), to be bereaved
  • 分ける 【わける】 to divide (into), to split (into), to part, to separate, to divide up, to classify, to sort out, to divide out, to share, to distribute, to deal out, to dish out, to distinguish, to discriminate, to differentiate (between), to break up (a fight), to mediate, to call a draw, to tie, to push one's way through (a crowd), to sell


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • separar
  • aparte
  • distinto
  • dividirse


  • separar
  • ramo desligado
  • divergir
  • garfo
  • outro
  • extra
  • especialmente


  • séparer
  • spécialement
  • diverger
  • extra
  • un autre
508 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
607 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
579 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
255 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
674 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
288 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
127 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
435 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
2.12 Japanese for Busy People
267 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
267 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
397 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
188 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1434 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
760 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1032 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
91 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
1924 Morohashi
1117 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
467 New Nelson (John Haig)
90 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
94 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
227 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
490 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
3743 2001 Kanji
2f5.3 The Kanji Dictionary
1-5-2 SKIP code
6220.0 Four corner code
1-42-44 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5225 Unicode hex code