1. kanji used as a phonetic symbol, instead of for the meaning; phonetic-equivalent character; substitute character
2. kanji used for their meaning, irrespective of reading
Wikipedia definition
3. AtejiIn modern Japanese, ateji (当て字, 宛字 or あてじ, literally "assigned characters") primarily refers to kanji used phonetically to represent native or borrowed words, without regard to the meaning of the underlying characters. This is analogous to man'yōgana in pre-modern Japanese. The term ateji is also used for the opposite process, writing words using kanji for meaning only, without regard to the reading. For example, sushi is often written with the ateji 寿司.
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Other forms
あて字 【あてじ】宛字 【あてじ】宛て字 【あてじ】当字 【あてじ】
当字: Irregular okurigana usage.


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