5 strokes
mouth, opening
pedestal, a stand, counter for machines and vehicles
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N4
262 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 台 【ダイ】 stand, rest, base, pedestal, platform, table, holder, support, rack, setting (of a gem), mounting, stock (in grafting), counter for machines and vehicles, level (e.g. price level), mark, range, decade (of one's life), tall building (with a fine view), (observation) platform, plateau, heights
  • 台車 【ダイシャ】 platform truck, hand truck, trolley, dolly, cart, truck, bogie
  • 管区気象台 【カンクキショウダイ】 district meteorological observatory
  • 気象台 【キショウダイ】 meteorological observatory
  • 台 【タイ】 Taiwan
  • 台頭 【タイトウ】 rise (e.g. of a movement), emergence, rearing one's head, gaining prominence, coming to the fore, gaining power, gathering strength
  • 屋台 【ヤタイ】 cart (esp. a food cart), stall, stand, festival float, portable shrine dedicated to a god and shaped like a house, dancing platform, stage prop fashioned after a large building, framework (of a building), foundation, house (esp. a small and miserable one)
  • 最後の舞台 【サイゴノブタイ】 final performance, swan song, last act

Kun reading compounds

  • 台 【うてな】 tower, stand, pedestal, calyx
  • 弾正台 【だんじょうだい】 Imperial Prosecuting and Investigating Office (1869-1871), Imperial Prosecuting and Investigating Office (under the ritsuryō system)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
tai2, tai1
tae, i


  • estante
  • banco
  • tribuna
  • pedestal
  • contador para maquinas y vehículos


  • pedestal
  • stand
  • sufixo para contagem de para máquinas e veículos


  • piédestal
  • socle
  • compteur de voitures ou machines
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848 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
290 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
134 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
276 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
3.2 Japanese for Busy People
492 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
501 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
532 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
280 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2498 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1265 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1731 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
752 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
3246 Morohashi
2005 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
699 New Nelson (John Haig)
744 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
805 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
436 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
111 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2777 2001 Kanji
3d2.11 The Kanji Dictionary
2-2-3 SKIP code
2360.0 Four corner code
1-34-70 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
53f0 Unicode hex code