5 strokes
sign 示 (礻)
salute, bow, ceremony, thanks, remuneration
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N3
1185 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 礼 【レイ】 thanks, gratitude, manners, etiquette, bow (i.e. bending of the body), bowing, reward, gift, ceremony, ritual, key money
  • 礼儀 【レイギ】 manners, courtesy, etiquette
  • 巡礼 【ジュンレイ】 pilgrimage, pilgrim
  • 儀礼 【ギレイ】 courtesy, etiquette, formality, protocol, (religious) observance, ritual, rite
  • 礼拝 【レイハイ】 worship (esp. Christian), adoration, divine service, worship (esp. Buddhist and Shinto)
  • 礼賛 【ライサン】 praise, worship, adoration, glorification
  • 頂礼 【チョウライ】 prostration, placing knees, hands and forehead on the ground to show utmost respect
  • 帰命頂礼 【キミョウチョウライ】 most formal form of a prayer


Japanese names:
あや、 なり、 のり、 ひろし、 れ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • saludo
  • reverencia
  • cortesía
  • gracias


  • saudação
  • reverência
  • cerimônia
  • agradecimento
  • remuneração


  • salut
  • courbette
  • cérémonie
  • remerciements
  • rémunération
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1-4-1 SKIP code
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