15 strokes
silk 糸 (糹)
tighten, tie, shut, lock, fasten
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
797 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 締約 【テイヤク】 conclusion of a treaty
  • 締結 【テイケツ】 conclusion, execution (of a contract), entering (into treaty), fastening (as in a joint)

Kun reading compounds

  • 閉まる 【しまる】 to be shut, to close, to be closed, to be firm (of a body, face, etc.), to be well-knit, to be locked, to tighten, to be tightened, to become sober, to become tense
  • 締まり 【しまり】 closing, shutting, firmness, tightness, discipline, control
  • 締まり屋 【しまりや】 thrifty person, stingy person, tight-fisted person
  • 締める 【しめる】 to tie, to fasten, to tighten, to wear (necktie, belt), to put on, to total, to sum, to be strict with, to economize, to economise, to cut down on, to salt, to marinate, to pickle, to make sushi adding a mixture of vinegar and salt, to kill (fish, poultry, etc.)


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • abrochar
  • apretar
  • atar
  • amarrar
  • liar


  • apertar
  • amarrar
  • fechar
  • travar


  • serrer
  • lier
  • fermer
  • verrouiller
  • attacher
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1243 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
1638 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1180 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1239 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1067 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1552 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1761 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
945 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1274 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1352 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
27651 Morohashi
1393 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4549 New Nelson (John Haig)
1340 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1440 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1794 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2744 2001 Kanji
6a9.11 The Kanji Dictionary
1-6-9 SKIP code
2092.7 Four corner code
1-36-89 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
7de0 Unicode hex code