14 strokes
water 水 (氵, 氺)
steadily, gradually advancing, finally, barely
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
2115 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 漸 【ゼン】 gradual progress
  • 漸減 【ゼンゲン】 gradual decrease, decline
  • 西漸 【セイゼン】 westward advance
  • 東漸 【トウゼン】 eastward advance

Kun reading compounds

  • 漸く 【ようやく】 finally, at last, barely, narrowly, hardly, only just, gradually, little by little, by degrees
  • 稍 【やや】 a little, partially, somewhat, slightly, semi-, -ish, on the ... side, a short time, a while
  • 漸う 【ようよう】 finally, barely, narrowly, hardly, only just, gradually, little by little, by degrees


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
jian4, jian1
jeom, cham


  • gradualmente
  • firmemente


  • firmemente
  • gradualmente avançando
  • finalmente
  • raramente


  • progressivement
  • en fin de compte
  • finalement
  • tout juste
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1400 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1489 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1503 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1242 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
867 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
500 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
641 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1144 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
18179 Morohashi
706 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
3305 New Nelson (John Haig)
1135 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1217 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1712 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
354 2001 Kanji
3a11.2 The Kanji Dictionary
1-3-11 SKIP code
3212.1 Four corner code
1-33-18 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
6f38 Unicode hex code