Definition of 元

  • beginning
  • former time
  • origin

Readings

On'Yomi (音読み) Kun'yomi (訓読み)
  • ゲン
  • ガン
  • もと

Popular Words With This Kanji

元, 本, 素, 基, もと

origin, source, base, basis, foundation, root, cause, ingredient, material, (somebody's) side, (somebody's) location, original cost (or capital, principal, etc.), (plant) root, (tree) trunk, first section of a waka, counter for blades of grass, tree trunks, etc., and for falcons (in falconry), handle (chopsticks, brush, etc.), grip

地元, じもと

home area, home town, local

元気, げんき

health(y), robust, vigor, vigour, energy, vitality, vim, stamina, spirit, courage, pep

元々, 本々, 元元, 本本, もともと

originally, by nature, from the start

元々, 本々, 元元, 本本, もともと

originally, by nature, from the start

元首, げんしゅ

ruler, sovereign

根本, 根源, 根元, 根原, こんげん, ねもと, こんぽん

root, source, origin, foundation, base, principle

還元, かんげん

resolution, reduction, return to origins

身元, 身許, みもと

person's identity, ID, past, background

元日, がんじつ, がんにち

New Year's Day


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