6 strokes
clothes 衣 (衤)
garment, clothes, dressing
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N2
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Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 衣 【キヌ】 clothing, garment, dress
  • 衣装 【イショウ】 clothing, costume, outfit, garment, dress
  • 着衣 【チャクイ】 clothes (that one is wearing), wearing clothes
  • 脱衣 【ダツイ】 undressing, taking off one's clothes
  • 衣鉢 【イハツ】 mysteries of one's master's art, robes and a bowl (monk's key possessions auctioned off at his funeral), transmission of the dharma from master to disciple (in Zen)
  • 衣紋 【エモン】 dress, clothes, drapery
  • 着衣 【チャクイ】 clothes (that one is wearing), wearing clothes
  • 脱衣 【ダツイ】 undressing, taking off one's clothes

Kun reading compounds

  • 衣 【ころも】 clothes, garment, gown, robe, coating (e.g. glaze, batter, icing)
  • 衣替え 【ころもがえ】 seasonal change of clothing, changing one's dress for the season, renovation, facelift, redesign, redecoration, new appearance, fresh look
  • 砂糖の衣 【さとうのころも】 frosting (e.g. on a cake), icing
  • 紅葉の衣 【もみじのころも】 comparing beautiful autumn leaves to a garment
  • 衣 【きぬ】 clothing, garment, dress
  • 如月 【きさらぎ】 second month of the lunar calendar


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
yi1, yi4


  • prenda
  • ropas
  • vestidos


  • vestuário
  • roupas
  • vestindo


  • vêtement
  • habillement
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