13 strokes
weapon, lance
Mr., hall, mansion, palace, temple, lord
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
1199 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 殿堂 【デンドウ】 palace, hall, shrine, temple, sanctuary, hall of fame
  • 殿下 【デンカ】 your Highness, his Highness, her Highness
  • 沈殿 【チンデン】 precipitation, deposition, settlement (e.g. of sediment)
  • 拝殿 【ハイデン】 front shrine, hall of worship
  • 殿下 【デンカ】 your Highness, his Highness, her Highness
  • 殿上 【テンジョウ】 the court, palace circles, palace floor
  • 御殿 【ゴテン】 palace, court
  • 紫御殿 【ムラサキゴテン】 wandering jew (Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea'), purple secretia, purple-heart, purple queen

Kun reading compounds

  • 殿 【との】 feudal lord, mansion, palace
  • 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
  • 大殿 【おおとの】 current master, father of one's current master, minister (of government), noble, nobleman's residence
  • 若殿 【わかとの】 young lord, successor of one's current lord


Japanese names:
て、 どん
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • edificio impresionante
  • Sr.
  • Sra.


  • Sr.
  • corredor
  • mansão
  • palácio
  • templo
  • senhor


  • Monseigneur
  • hall
  • résidence
  • palais
  • temple
  • seigneur
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