13 strokes
heart 心 (忄, ⺗)
love, affection, favourite
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
640 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 愛 【アイ】 love, affection, care, attachment, craving, desire, agape, Ireland
  • 愛犬 【アイケン】 pet dog, beloved dog, love of dogs, fondness for dogs
  • 友愛 【ユウアイ】 fraternity, friendship
  • 同性愛 【ドウセイアイ】 homosexuality, homosexual love

Kun reading compounds

  • 愛しい 【いとしい】 lovely, dear, beloved, darling, dearest, pitiable, pitiful
  • 悲しい 【かなしい】 sad, miserable, unhappy, sorrowful, sad, lamentable, deplorable, grievous
  • 愛でる 【めでる】 to love, to cherish, to admire, to appreciate
  • 惜しむ 【おしむ】 to be frugal, to be sparing, to value, to hold dear, to regret (e.g. a loss), to feel sorry (for), to be unwilling, to be reluctant
  • 愛 【まな】 beloved, dear
  • 愛弟子 【まなでし】 favorite pupil, favourite pupil, teacher's pet


Japanese names:
あ、 あし、 え、 かな、 なる、 めぐ、 めぐみ、 よし、 ちか
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • amor
  • afecto
  • favorito


  • amor
  • afeição
  • favorito


  • amour
  • affection
  • favori
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