7 strokes
turban, scarf
hope, beg, request, pray, beseech, Greece, dilute (acid), rare, few, phenomenal
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N2
896 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 希 【キ】 dilute, rare
  • 希少 【キショウ】 scarce, rare
  • 古希 【コキ】 70th birthday, ancient Greek (language)
  • 七十古希 【シチジュウコキ】 men seldom live to be seventy, few people live to be seventy
  • 希有 【ケウ】 rare, uncommon

Kun reading compounds

  • 稀 【まれ】 rare, seldom
  • 類稀 【たぐいまれ】 rare, exceptional, extraordinary, unique, incomparable, unparalleled, matchless
  • ごく稀 【ごくまれ】 extremely rare
  • 希う 【こいねがう】 to beg, to request, to beseech, to implore, to entreat


Japanese names:
のぞ、 のぞみ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • raro
  • poco
  • deseo
  • esperanza
  • Grecia


  • esperança
  • pedir
  • solicitação
  • implorar
  • Grécia
  • diluir (ácido)
  • raro
  • poucos
  • fenomenal


  • espoir
  • demander
  • prier
  • implorer
  • dilution
  • Grèce
  • rare
  • peu nombreux
  • phénoménal
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1553 New Nelson (John Haig)
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