14 strokes
Esq., way, manner, situation, polite suffix
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
493 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 様 【ヨウ】 appearing ..., looking ..., way to ..., method of ...ing, form, style, design, like, similar to, thing (thought or spoken)
  • 様式 【ヨウシキ】 style, form, pattern
  • 文様 【モンヨウ】 pattern, design
  • 一様 【イチヨウ】 uniform, equal, even, the same, identical, common, ordinary, usual

Kun reading compounds

  • 様 【さま】 Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms, makes a word more polite (usu. in fixed expressions), state, situation, appearance, manner
  • 様変わり 【さまがわり】 changing completely, transformation
  • 殿様 【とのさま】 nobleman, dignitary, lord, feudal lord (of the Edo period), daimyo, man brought up away from the world, arrogant man with little knowledge of the ways of the world
  • ご馳走様 【ごちそうさま】 thank you (for the meal), that was a delicious meal, thank you (for displaying lovey-dovey behaviour)
  • 唐行きさん 【からゆきさん】 karayuki-san, young Japanese women who were sent to work (mainly as prostitutes) in foreign countries, esp. in Southeast Asia (Meiji to early Showa)
  • 愛様 【いとさん】 daughter (of a good family)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • forma
  • manera
  • situación
  • estilo
  • señor
  • señora
  • srta.


  • Senhor
  • estilo
  • modos
  • sufixo polido para senhor.


  • Monsieur, Madame
  • apparence
  • manière
  • sorte
  • état
  • suffixe de politesse
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407 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
472 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
2341 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
309 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
641 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
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403 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
407 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
677 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1110 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1332 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
723 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
969 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
942 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
15352P Morohashi
1052 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
2821 New Nelson (John Haig)
933 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1003 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
216 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
429 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1842 2001 Kanji
4a10.25 The Kanji Dictionary
1-4-10 SKIP code
4893.2 Four corner code
1-45-45 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
69d8 Unicode hex code