7 strokes
minster, official
retainer, subject
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N2
1249 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 臣 【オミ】 retainer, attendant, Omi (hereditary title; orig. one of the two highest such titles, later demoted to sixth highest of eight), I, me
  • 臣民 【シンミン】 subject, national, citizen
  • 忠臣 【チュウシン】 loyal retainer, loyal subject
  • 重臣 【ジュウシン】 chief vassal, senior statesman
  • 国務大臣 【コクムダイジン】 minister of state, cabinet minister (in Japan)
  • 内大臣 【ナイダイジン】 Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal (1885-1945), Minister of the Interior (669-1868)


Japanese names:
おみ、 たか、 と、 とみ、 み
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • criado
  • súbdito


  • servente
  • servo
  • subalterno


  • servant
  • serviteur
  • sujet
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835 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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3806 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1948 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
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3068 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
4894 New Nelson (John Haig)
848 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
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