10 strokes
meat 肉 (⺼)
ability, talent, skill, capacity
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 5
JLPT level N3
273 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 能 【ノウ】 talent, gift, function, noh (theatre)
  • 能楽 【ノウガク】 noh play
  • 有能 【ユウノウ】 able, capable, competent, talented, efficient
  • 芸能 【ゲイノウ】 public entertainment, performing arts, accomplishments, attainments

Kun reading compounds

  • 良く 【よく】 nicely, properly, well, skillfully, skilfully, frequently, often, I'm glad that you ..., thank you for ..., (you have) quite the nerve to, I don't know how you can ...
  • 良く良く 【よくよく】 carefully, closely, very, extremely, exceedingly, have no choice, cannot be helped, unavoidable, inevitable
  • 能う 【あたう】 to be able (to do), to be capable (of doing)
  • 能う限り 【あたうかぎり】 as much as possible, as far as possible, to the best of one's abilities


Japanese names:
たか、 の、 のり、 よし
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
neung, nae


  • habilidad
  • talento
  • capacidad
  • aptitud
  • teatro japonés


  • capacidade
  • talento
  • habilidade


  • capacité
  • habileté
  • talent
  • adresse
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766 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
341 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
853 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
416 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
847 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
1397 Japanese Names (P.G. O’Neill)
386 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
387 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
411 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1018 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1676 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
888 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1207 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
2023 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
29454 Morohashi
1323 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4809 New Nelson (John Haig)
2004 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
2160 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
285 The Kanji Way to Japanese Language Power (Dale Crowley)
718 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
2756 2001 Kanji
4b6.15 The Kanji Dictionary
1-6-4 SKIP code
2121.1 Four corner code
2221.2 Four corner code
1-39-29 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
80fd Unicode hex code