13 strokes
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 2
JLPT level N4
51 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 新 【シン】 new, neo-, newness, novelty, Gregorian calendar, Xin dynasty (of China; 9-23 CE), Hsin dynasty
  • 新聞 【シンブン】 newspaper
  • 革新 【カクシン】 reform, innovation
  • 維新 【イシン】 reformation, revolution, renewal, Meiji Restoration, Nippon Ishin no Kai, Japan Innovation Party

Kun reading compounds

  • 新しい 【あたらしい】 new, novel, fresh, recent, latest, up-to-date, modern
  • 新しいもの好き 【あたらしいものずき】 neophilia, love of new or novel things, one who loves new or novel things
  • 新た 【あらた】 new, fresh, novel
  • 新田 【しんでん】 new rice field, newly developed rice field, wasteland or marshland newly reclaimed as a rice field (Edo period)


Japanese names:
あせ、 あたらし、 し、 に、 にっ、 につ、 よし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • nuevo
  • fresco


  • novo


  • nouveau
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