長 (Long) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

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JLPT N58 strokes
longleadersuperiorsenior

Kun readings 🇯🇵

なが.いおさ

On readings 🇨🇳

ちょう
長 (Long) - Meaning and history | Japanese Kanji

Example of kunyomi readings 🇯🇵

なが

This reading is the standard reading for the kanji 長 when it refers to the meaning long: long time, longevity, long-lasting.

おさ

This reading is less common, and it can be found in words like:

  • (むら)(おさ): village mayor
  • (ふな)(おさ): ship's captain

Example of onyomi readings 🇨🇳

ちょう

This reading has the meaning of head, chief, commander when used as suffix in compound words:

  • (かい)(ちょう): president
  • (せい)(ちょう): growth
  • ()(ちょう): director

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