19 strokes
small bird
detach, separation, disjoin, digress
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
555 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 離 【リ】 li (one of the trigrams of the I Ching: fire, south)
  • 離宮 【リキュウ】 imperial villa, royal villa, detached palace
  • 短距離 【タンキョリ】 short distance, short range, short-haul
  • 近距離 【キンキョリ】 short distance

Kun reading compounds

  • 離れる 【はなれる】 to be separated, to be apart, to be distant, to leave, to go away, to leave (a job, etc.), to quit, to give up, to lose connection with, to drift away from
  • 離す 【はなす】 to separate, to part, to divide, to keep apart


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • separarse
  • apartarse
  • separar
  • apartar


  • separar
  • separação
  • digressão
  • divagação


  • séparer
  • détacher
  • diviser
  • s'écarter
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1857 Kodansha Compact Kanji Guide
2364 Kodansha Kanji Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1195 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
1663 Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary, 2nd Edition (Jack Halpern)
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1836 New Japanese English Character Dictionary (Jack Halpern)
6517 New Nelson (John Haig)
1492 Remembering The Kanji (James Heisig)
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1923 Tuttle Kanji Cards (Alexander Kask)
475 2001 Kanji
8c10.3 The Kanji Dictionary
1-11-8 SKIP code
0041.4 Four corner code
1-46-05 JIS X 0208-1997 kuten code
96e2 Unicode hex code