5 strokes
end, close, tip, powder, posterity
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N3
456 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 末 【マツ】 the end (of), powder
  • 末日 【マツジツ】 last day (of a month)
  • 幕末 【バクマツ】 Bakumatsu period, closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate, end of the Edo period
  • 終末 【シュウマツ】 end, close, conclusion, termination
  • 末路 【マツロ】 last days, the end, one's fate
  • 末裔 【マツエイ】 descendant

Kun reading compounds

  • 末 【すえ】 end, tip, top, end (of the year, month, etc.), close, youngest child, descendants, offspring, posterity, future, (finally) after, (at last) after, at the end of, trifles, trivialities, degenerate age
  • 末広 【すえひろ】 spreading out like an open fan, becoming prosperous, folding fan, ceremonial folding fan
  • 来月末 【らいげつまつ】 end of next month
  • 末の末 【すえのすえ】 the last
  • 末 【うら】 top end, tip
  • 末枯れ 【うらがれ】 dying of the little twigs and branches
  • 末 【うれ】 new shoots, new growth (of a tree)
  • 末葉 【うらば】 end leaves, top leaves, last leaves
  • 木の末 【このうれ】 treetop, tip of a branch


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • aún
  • punta
  • extremo
  • final
  • polvo
  • fin
  • futuro
  • el más joven


  • não ainda
  • fim
  • fechar
  • dica
  • posteridade


  • extrémité
  • fin
  • dernier
  • poudre
  • avenir
  • postérité
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305 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
305 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
584 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1047 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
4317 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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2940 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
222 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
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2534 New Nelson (John Haig)
217 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
230 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
457 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1464 2001 Kanji
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