9 strokes
proclaim, say, announce
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N1
695 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 宣 【セン】 imperial order, imperial decree
  • 宣教師 【センキョウシ】 missionary
  • 託宣 【タクセン】 oracle, revelation, divine message
  • 街宣 【ガイセン】 carrying out (political) propaganda activity on the streets

Kun reading compounds

  • 宣ふ 【のたまう】 to say
  • 宣う 【のたまう】 to say, to be pleased to say


Japanese names:
とおる、 のぶ、 のぼる、 のり、 ひさ、 よし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • proclamar
  • promulgar
  • anunciar
  • difundir


  • proclamar
  • dizer
  • anunciar


  • proclamer
  • dire
  • annoncer
829 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese (Florence Sakade)
924 A Guide To Reading and Writing Japanese 3rd edition (Henshall, Seeley and De Groot)
913 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
1012 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
1301 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
569 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1208 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
919 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
625 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
635 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
850 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
475 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2799 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1440 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1940 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
191 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
7132 Morohashi
2252 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1328 New Nelson (John Haig)
188 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
200 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
885 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
772 2001 Kanji
3m6.2 The Kanji Dictionary
2-3-6 SKIP code
3010.6 Four corner code
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