5 strokes
sun, day
old times, old things, old friend, former, ex-
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N2
549 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 旧 【キュウ】 old, former, ex-, the old, old things, old customs, old times, bygone days, Japan's old (lunisolar) calendar
  • 旧式 【キュウシキ】 old type, old style
  • 新旧 【シンキュウ】 new and old, incoming and outgoing
  • 懐旧 【カイキュウ】 reminiscence, nostalgia, thinking fondly of the past, recalling the old days

Kun reading compounds

  • 古い 【ふるい】 old, aged, ancient, antiquated, antique, timeworn, long, since long ago, time-honored, of the distant past, long-ago, stale, threadbare, hackneyed, corny, old-fashioned, outmoded, out-of-date
  • 元 【もと】 former, ex-, past, one-time, earlier times, the past, previous state, formerly, previously, originally, before


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • antiguo
  • viejo
  • viejos tiempos


  • tempos antigos
  • coisas antigas
  • amigo velho
  • ex-
  • anteriores


  • ancien temps
  • anciennes choses
  • ancien ami
  • ancien -
  • ex-
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648 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
808 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
94 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
760 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
595 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
119 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
1216 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1279 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1376 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
964 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
14 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
35 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
13737 Morohashi
14 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2412 New Nelson (John Haig)
35 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
35 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
649 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1278 2001 Kanji
4c1.1 The Kanji Dictionary
1-1-4 SKIP code
2600.0 Four corner code
1-21-76 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
65e7 Unicode hex code