15 strokes
cart, car
wheel, ring, circle, link, loop, counter for wheels and flowers
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 4
JLPT level N2
693 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 輪 【リン】 counter for wheels and flowers
  • 輪郭 【リンカク】 contour, outline, silhouette, summary, outline, sketch, looks, features
  • 三輪 【サンリン】 three wheels
  • 競輪 【ケイリン】 keirin, cycle racing event, usu. 2 km with a paced start and sprint finish

Kun reading compounds

  • 輪 【わ】 ring, circle, loop, hoop, wheel, circle (e.g. of friends), planetary ring
  • 輪切り 【わぎり】 cutting in round slices, round slice, dividing into groups (e.g. by ability)
  • 埴輪 【はにわ】 haniwa, hollow unglazed terracotta figure from the Kofun period
  • 後輪 【こうりん】 rear wheel, cantle


Japanese names:
なわ、 も
Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • rueda
  • anillo
  • círculo
  • eslabón
  • contador de flores
  • aro


  • roda
  • argola
  • círculo
  • elo
  • laço
  • comtador para rodas e flores


  • roue
  • anneau
  • cercle
  • maillon
  • boucle
  • compteur de roues ou fleurs
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1164 Kanji and Kana (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
1221 Kanji and Kana, 2nd Edition (Spahn and Hadamitzky)
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1781 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
1999 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1067 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1436 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
1839 Les Kanjis dans la tete (Yves Maniette)
38400 Morohashi
1589 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
5973 New Nelson (John Haig)
1822 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
1963 Remembering The Kanji, 6th edition (James Heisig)
630 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
1553 2001 Kanji
7c8.4 The Kanji Dictionary
1-7-8 SKIP code
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