11 strokes
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N1
1527 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 眼 【ガン】 eye, insight, vision, power of observation, gist, main point, hole
  • 眼科 【ガンカ】 ophthalmology
  • 主眼 【シュガン】 main purpose, chief aim, focus, main point, gist, essence
  • 象嵌 【ゾウガン】 inlay (work), inlaying
  • 慈眼 【ジゲン】 merciful eye (of a Buddha or a bodhisattva watching humanity)
  • 開眼 【カイガン】 enlightenment, spiritual awakening, opening one's eyes to the truth, reaching one's peak (as a performer, etc.), reaching the highest echelons, gaining eyesight, restoring eyesight, opening the eyes, filling out the eyes (of a Buddha) as the last step of consecrating a new statue or picture, ceremony where a newly made image or idol is consecrated

Kun reading compounds

  • 眼 【まなこ】 eye, eyeball, pupil and (dark) iris of the eye, insight, perceptivity, power of observation, look, field of vision, core, center, centre, essence
  • 血眼 【ちまなこ】 bloodshot eyes, (doing something in a) frenzy
  • 百眼 【ひゃくまなこ】 using multiple simple paper masks to represent different emotions in a play (from the middle of the Edo period), simple paper mask
  • 目 【め】 eye, eyeball, eyesight, sight, vision, look, stare, gaze, glance, notice, attention, observation, eyes (of the world, public, etc.), an experience, viewpoint, discrimination, discernment, judgement, eye (e.g. for quality), (an) appearance, chance (of success), possibility (of a good result), spacing (between crossed strands of a net, mesh, etc.), opening, stitch, texture, weave, grain (of wood), eye (of a storm, needle, etc.), intersection (on a go board), square (on a chessboard), dot (on a dice), pip, rolled number, graduation, division (of a scale), tooth (of a saw, comb, etc.), ordinal number suffix, somewhat, -ish, point (e.g. of change)
  • 眼鏡 【めがね】 glasses, eyeglasses, spectacles, judgment, judgement, discrimination, discernment, insight
  • 血眼 【ちまなこ】 bloodshot eyes, (doing something in a) frenzy
  • 遠目 【とおめ】 distant view, looking from a distance, being able to see a long distance, good long-distance vision, farsightedness


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • ojo
  • vista
  • perspicacia
  • punto principal


  • globo ocular


  • globe oculaire
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