一 (One) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

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JLPT N51 strokes
oneone radical (no.1)

Kun readings 🇯🇵

ひと-ひと.つ

On readings 🇨🇳

いちいつ
一 (One) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

Example of kunyomi readings 🇯🇵

ひと

This reading is used as the standard meaning of one for the kanji:

  • (ひと)(): alone, literally one person
  • (ひと)(とし): one year

Example of onyomi readings 🇨🇳

いち

This is the most common reading for this kanji. It is used in the plain reading (いち), as well as many words containing the meaning one, single, or first:

  • (いち)(ばん): number one
  • (いち)(): one part

いっ

This reading is used when the kanji is placed before another kanji to form compounds related to one, together, all:

  • (いっ)(しょ)に: together
  • (いっ)(しゅん): in one instant

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