12 strokes
eat, food 食 (飠)
drink, smoke, take
Jōyō kanji, taught in grade 3
JLPT level N4
969 of 2500 most used kanji in newspapers


Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 飲 【イン】 drinking (sometimes esp. alcohol), drink, drinking party
  • 飲酒 【インシュ】 drinking alcohol
  • 暴飲 【ボウイン】 heavy drinking
  • 愛飲 【アイイン】 drinking habitually, being fond of (a drink)
  • 飲食 【インショク】 food and drink, eating and drinking
  • 飲酒 【オンジュ】 consumption of alcohol (as prohibited by one of the Buddhist precepts), Buddhist precept prohibiting the consumption of alcohol

Kun reading compounds

  • 飲む 【のむ】 to drink, to gulp, to swallow, to take (medicine), to smoke (tobacco), to engulf, to overwhelm, to keep down, to suppress, to accept (e.g. demand, condition), to make light of, to conceal
  • 飲む打つ買う 【のむうつかう】 drinking, gambling, and buying women in prostitution


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):
yin3, yin4


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  • boire
  • fumer
  • prendre
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