9 strokes
thumb, inch
specialty, exclusive, mainly, solely
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N2
506 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 専 【セン】 exclusively doing ..., person who exclusively does ..., fetish for ..., someone with a fetish for ..., first, most important thing, number one priority
  • 専業 【センギョウ】 special occupation, principal occupation, specialty, monopoly
  • 住専 【ジュウセン】 housing-loan corporation
  • 高専 【コウセン】 technical college, higher schools and colleges

Kun reading compounds

  • 専ら 【もっぱら】 wholly, solely, entirely, exclusively, devotedly, fixedly, principally, mostly, chiefly, mainly
  • 専らにする 【もっぱらにする】 devote oneself to, to do as one pleases, to act selfishly


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • especialidad
  • exclusivo
  • solamente
  • totalmente
  • enteramente


  • exclusividade
  • exclusivo
  • principalmente
  • somente


  • spécialité
  • exclusivement
  • principalement
  • uniquement
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1350 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
413 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
478 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
973 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
600 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
610 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
797 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
503 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
3272 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1690 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2297 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
46 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
2644 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1377 New Nelson (John Haig)
46 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
47 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
886 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1548 2001 Kanji
0a9.16 The Kanji Dictionary
2-6-3 SKIP code
5034.6 Four corner code
1-32-76 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
5c02 Unicode hex code