13 strokes
spear, halberd
war, battle, match
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
78 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 戦 【セン】 war, battle, match, game, competition
  • 戦域 【センイキ】 war area, battlefield, theater, theatre
  • 開戦 【カイセン】 outbreak of war, starting a war
  • 回戦 【カイセン】 event with ... rounds, innings, legs, etc., nth-round match (in a knockout tournament)

Kun reading compounds

  • 戦 【いくさ】 war, battle, campaign, fight, troops, forces
  • 戦場 【せんじょう】 battlefield, battleground
  • 負け戦 【まけいくさ】 losing a battle, lost battle, battle one cannot win, battle one is doomed to lose
  • 野合戦 【のがっせん】 battle in the open, battle on an open field
  • 戦う 【たたかう】 to make war (on), to wage war (against), to go to war (with), to fight (with), to do battle (against), to compete (against), to struggle (against adversities, etc.), to fight, to contend, to resist
  • 戦く 【おののく】 to shake (from fear, cold, excitement, etc.), to shudder, to tremble
  • 戦ぐ 【そよぐ】 to rustle, to sway, to stir, to flutter
  • 戦慄く 【わななく】 to tremble, to shiver, to shake


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • guerra
  • batalla
  • lucha
  • pelear
  • batallar
  • combatir
  • luchar


  • guerra
  • batalha
  • disputa


  • guerre
  • bataille
  • match
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