12 strokes
power, force
victory, win, prevail, excel
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
185 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 勝 【ショウ】 win, victory, beautiful scenery, scenic spot, counter for wins
  • 勝敗 【ショウハイ】 victory or defeat, outcome (of a game, battle, etc.)
  • 必勝 【ヒッショウ】 certain victory
  • 快勝 【カイショウ】 sweeping victory, easy victory

Kun reading compounds

  • 勝つ 【かつ】 to win, to gain victory
  • 鰹節 【かつおぶし】 katsuobushi, pieces of sliced dried bonito
  • 勝る 【まさる】 to excel, to surpass, to exceed, to have an edge, to be superior, to outrival, to outweigh, to preponderate
  • 優るとも劣らない 【まさるともおとらない】 not at all inferior to, rival or surpass, compare favorably (with)
  • 優れる 【すぐれる】 to surpass, to outstrip, to excel
  • 勝つ 【かつ】 to win, to gain victory
  • 鰹節 【かつおぶし】 katsuobushi, pieces of sliced dried bonito


Japanese names:
かち、 と、 よし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
sheng4, sheng1


  • ganar
  • sobresalir


  • vitória
  • vencer
  • prevalecer
  • superar


  • victoire
  • gagner
  • l'emporter
  • surpasser
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1217 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
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1005 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
553 New Nelson (John Haig)
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1294 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
419 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
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1-4-8 SKIP code
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