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Kanji Information Sheet for 兄  ( PDF version of this Kanji PDF version )

stroke order illustration  
elder brother
big brother

Bushu (Radical) Info:
儿 (にんにょう) – human legs
口 (くち) – mouth
Henshall Mnemonic: elder brother is all mouth and legs
Levels: JLPT N4 | JLPT 3 (old) | Grade 2
Frequency: #1219 of the 2500 most used kanji in newspapers

Common Words and/or Phrases Using this Kanji:

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JLPT N5 Words

  •   [あに]
    (n) (hum) older brother   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [きょうだい]
    (n) (hum) siblings   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • さん   [おにいさん]
    (n) (hon) older brother; (vocative) "Mister?"   [K] [D] [Jisho]

JLPT N3 Words

Other Popular Words Not Classified by JLPT

  •   [ふけい]
    (n) guardians; parents and older brothers   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • さん   [にいさん]
    (n) older brother   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  • ちゃん   [あんちゃん]
    (n) older brother; sonny (with a nuance of suspicion); lad   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [あにき]
    (n) one's senior; elder brother   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [ぎけい]
    (n) brother-in-law   [K] [D] [Jisho]
  •   [じっけい]
    (n) one's own elder brother   [K] [D] [Jisho]
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The sofware used to generate this kanji information uses the EDICT and KANJIDIC files. These files are the property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group at Monash University and are used in conformance with the Group's license.

NOTE: I converted the sources just mentioned years ago and have never really updated so there may be some missing or incorrect information that has been addressed in the original sources but not here.

The first Stroke Order image used on this page is courtesy of Ulrich Apel's excellent open source KanjiVG project. The second image is from the folks at the excellent Jisho Japanese-English dictionary site and it too is based on KanjiVG.

Classifying the kanji and popular vocabulary by the new JLPT levels was done by consulting Jonathan Waller‘s JLPT Resources page, renshuu, Wictionary, and Nihongo Ichiban.

The Henshall Mnemonics are the copyright of Tuttle Publishing and are the result of the hard work by Professor Henshall. See the list I used here.

If you are curious about the lexicography shown in the word definitions, visit the WWWJDIC abbreviations and codes guide and the JMdict/Edict Lexicographical details page.