12 strokes
fire 火 (灬)
bake, burning
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N2
982 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 焼死 【ショウシ】 death by fire
  • 焼却 【ショウキャク】 incineration, destroy by fire
  • 半焼 【ハンショウ】 partial destruction by fire
  • 延焼 【エンショウ】 spread of fire

Kun reading compounds

  • 焼く 【やく】 to burn, to roast, to broil, to grill, to bake, to toast, to barbecue, to heat, to heat up, to make (charcoal, pottery, bricks, etc.), to bake, to fire, to burn, to tan (i.e. suntan), to burn, to print (a photo), to burn (an optical disc), to be jealous of, to be envious of, to envy
  • 焼き 【やき】 cooking, esp. frying or stir-frying, heating, tempering, -ware
  • 焼肉 【やきにく】 yakiniku, Japanese dish of grilled meat similar to Korean barbecue, roasted meat, grill
  • お好み焼き 【おこのみやき】 okonomiyaki, savoury pancake fried on an iron griddle with vegetables, meat and/or seafood and topped with various sauces and condiments
  • 卵焼き 【たまごやき】 rolled egg, rolled omelette (omelet), fried egg, frying pan for making rolled eggs
  • 焼ける 【やける】 to burn, to burn down, to go down in flames, to be roasted, to be thoroughly cooked, to be sunburnt, to fade (in the sun), to glow red (i.e. of the sky at sunset), to become hot (from the sun), to be jealous, to be envious


Japanese names:
やい、 やき
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • quemar
  • asar
  • hornear
  • quemarse
  • asarse
  • estar bronceado


  • assar
  • queimar


  • griller
  • brûler
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