10 strokes
clothes 衣 (衤)
incur, cover, veil, brood over, shelter, wear, put on, be exposed (film), receiving
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N2
431 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 被 【ヒ】 indicates the target of an activity, -ee (e.g. employee, examinee, trustee)
  • 被害 【ヒガイ】 (suffering) damage, injury, harm
  • 外被 【ガイヒ】 (protective) coat, casing, housing, jacket
  • 花被 【カヒ】 perianth, floral envelope

Kun reading compounds

  • 被る 【こうむる】 to suffer, to receive (kindness, rebuke, support), to sustain (damage)
  • 覆う 【おおう】 to cover, to hide, to conceal, to wrap, to disguise
  • 被る 【かぶる】 to put on (one's head), to wear, to have on, to pull over (one's head), to crown (oneself), to be covered with (dust, snow, etc.), to pour (water, etc.) on oneself, to dash on oneself, to ship water, to bear (e.g. someone's debts, faults, etc.), to take (blame), to assume (responsibility), to shoulder (burden), to overlap (e.g. sound or color), to be similar, to be redundant, to be fogged (due to overexposure, etc.), to close, to come to an end, to get a full house, to sell out, to blunder, to bungle, to fail, to be deceived
  • 被せる 【かぶせる】 to cover (with something), to put on (e.g. on someone else's head), to plate something (with a metal), to pour or dash a liquid (on something), to charge (a person with a guilt)


Japanese names:
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
bei4, pi1


  • sufrir perdidas
  • recibir
  • cargarse


  • incorrer
  • cobrir
  • velar
  • chocar
  • proteger
  • vestir
  • vestir- se
  • expor (filme)
  • recepção


  • subir
  • couvrir
  • voile
  • ruminer (soucis)
  • abri
  • mettre (vêtement)
  • porter (sur la tête)
  • être exposé (film)
  • victime
  • souffrir
1729 A Guide To Remembering Japanese Characters (Kenneth G. Henshall)
852 A New Dictionary of Kanji Usage
4225 Classic Nelson (Andrew Nelson)
1410 Essential Kanji (P.G. O’Neill)
881 Japanese Kanji Flashcards (Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki)
976 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1009 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1145 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1631 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1495 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
790 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1077 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
815 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
34222 Morohashi
1163 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5445 New Nelson (John Haig)
807 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
870 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
1390 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
667 2001 Kanji
5e5.3 The Kanji Dictionary
1-5-5 SKIP code
3424.7 Four corner code
1-40-79 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
88ab Unicode hex code