7 strokes
excel, excellence, beauty, surpass
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
848 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 秀 【シュウ】 preeminence, supremacy, distinction, excellence
  • 秀作 【シュウサク】 excellent (piece of) work
  • 閨秀 【ケイシュウ】 accomplished lady, talented woman, eminent woman
  • 清秀 【セイシュウ】 having refined and distinguished features, having a bright face

Kun reading compounds

  • 秀でる 【ひいでる】 to excel, to surpass, to be superior, to be better (than others at something), to be conspicuous (esp. forehead and eyebrows), to be prominent, to stand out


Japanese names:
しゅ、 しょう、 ひで、 ひでし、 ほ
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • sobresaliente
  • excelente
  • sobresalir
  • sobrepasar


  • superar
  • excelência
  • beleza
  • superação


  • excellence
  • exceller
  • beauté
  • dépasser
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