12 strokes
clothes 衣 (衤)
attire, dress, pretend, disguise, profess
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 6
JLPT level N2
657 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 装 【ソウ】 clothing, dressing, binding (of a book)
  • 装甲 【ソウコウ】 armoring, armouring, armor, armour
  • 新装 【シンソウ】 redecoration, remodelling, remodeling, refurbishment
  • 偽装 【ギソウ】 camouflage, disguise, pretense, feigning, masquerade
  • 装束 【ショウゾク】 costume, dress, attire
  • 装束能 【ショウゾクノウ】 formal noh performed in full costume
  • 舞台衣装 【ブタイイショウ】 (theatrical) costumes
  • 婚礼衣装 【コンレイイショウ】 wedding clothes

Kun reading compounds

  • 装う 【よそおう】 to dress (oneself in), to attire oneself in, to adorn, to decorate, to pretend, to feign, to affect, to disguise oneself as
  • 装い 【よそおい】 dress, outfit, equipment, makeup, adornment, guise, get-up


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • decoración
  • adorno
  • vestido
  • equipar
  • proporcionar
  • decorar
  • vestirse


  • vestes
  • vestido
  • fingir
  • disfarce
  • manifestar


  • revêtir
  • tenue
  • déguisement
  • prétendre
  • faire semblant
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1370 Kanji in Context (Nishiguchi and Kono)
1625 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
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405 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
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2685 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5455 New Nelson (John Haig)
398 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
425 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
951 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1265 2001 Kanji
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