See also: , , and レ゚

U+30EC, レ

U+32F9, ㋹

Enclosed CJK Letters and Months
U+FF9A, レ

Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms

Ainu edit

Ainu cardinal numbers
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    Ordinal : レ イキンネ

Pronunciation edit

Numeral edit

(Latin spelling re)

  1. three

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Stroke order

Etymology edit

Simplified in the Heian period from the man'yōgana kanji . Compare cognate hiragana (more cursive), and shinjitai kanji (similar but less radical).

Pronunciation edit

Syllable edit


  1. The katakana syllable (re). Its equivalent in hiragana is (re). It is the forty-second syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (ra-gyō e-dan, row ra, section e).

Usage notes edit

The katakana syllabary is used primarily for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese and the writing of gairaigo (loan words), as well as to represent onomatopoeias, technical and scientific terms, and the names of plants, animals, and minerals. It is also occasionally used in some words for emphasis, or to ease reading; katakana may be preferred for words becoming buried in the text if they are written under their canonical form in hiragana. Names of Japanese companies, as well as certain Japanese language words such as colloquial terms, are also sometimes written in katakana rather than the other systems. Formerly, female given names were often written in katakana. [edit]

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