See also:
U+8272, 色

CJK Unified Ideographs
U+2F8A, ⾊

Kangxi Radicals

Translingual edit

Stroke order
Stroke order

Han character edit

(Kangxi radical 139, +0, 6 strokes, cangjie input 弓日山 (NAU), four-corner 27717, composition )

  1. Kangxi radical #139, .
  2. Shuowen Jiezi radical №340

Derived characters edit

See also edit

Further reading edit

  • Kangxi Dictionary: page 1014, character 2
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 30602
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1473, character 4
  • Hanyu Da Zidian (first edition): volume 5, page 3071, character 1
  • Unihan data for U+8272

Chinese edit

simp. and trad.
alternative forms 𢒸
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  • Sek (Min Nan)

Glyph origin edit

Historical forms of the character
Spring and Autumn Warring States Shuowen Jiezi (compiled in Han) Liushutong (compiled in Ming)
Bronze inscriptions Chu slip and silk script Qin slip script Ancient script Small seal script Transcribed ancient scripts

Ideogrammic compound (會意会意): (claw; hand) + (kneeling person) – complexion.

Shuowen interprets this character as an ideogrammic compound (會意会意): (person; human) + (etiquette) – complexion.

Compare , .

Etymology edit

Possibly from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *s-r(j)ak ~ *g-jak (ashamed; shy), whence Burmese ရှက် (hrak, ashamed; shy), Japhug tɤ-zraʁ (shame) (Schuessler, 2007; Jacques, 2015b).

Alternatively, Schuessler (2007) connects this word to Mizo sâr (prismatic colours seen in the sky in fine weather; to be healthy-looking, ruddy), which would point to a form *sər-k from which the Old Chinese was derived.

(OC *s.r̥ˤəʔ, “colour”) may be a dialectal variant (Baxter, 1992; Baxter and Sagart, 2014).

Pronunciation edit

  • sè - all senses except “die”;
  • shǎi - “die; colour”;
  • shǎir - “colour”;
  • shè - “lust”.
  • Cantonese
  • Gan
  • Hakka
  • Jin
  • Note:
    • sah4 - vernacular;
    • seh4 - literary.
  • Min Bei
  • Min Dong
  • Min Nan
  • Wu
  • Xiang

    • Dialectal data
    Variety Location
    Mandarin Beijing /sɤ⁵¹/
    Harbin /ʂai²¹³/
    Tianjin /sai¹³/
    Jinan /sə²¹³/
    Qingdao /ʂe⁵⁵/
    Zhengzhou /ʂɛ²⁴/
    Xi'an /sei²¹/
    Xining /sɨ⁴⁴/
    Yinchuan /sə¹³/
    Lanzhou /ʂə¹³/
    Ürümqi /sɤ⁵¹/
    Wuhan /sɤ²¹³/
    Chengdu /se³¹/
    Guiyang /sɛ²¹/
    Kunming /sə³¹/
    Nanjing /səʔ⁵/
    Hefei /sɐʔ⁵/
    Jin Taiyuan /saʔ²/
    Pingyao /sʌʔ¹³/
    Hohhot /saʔ⁴³/
    Wu Shanghai /səʔ⁵/
    Suzhou /səʔ⁵/
    Hangzhou /səʔ⁵/
    Wenzhou /se²¹³/
    Hui Shexian /sɛʔ²¹/
    Tunxi /sa⁵/
    Xiang Changsha /sə²⁴/
    Xiangtan /sæ²⁴/
    Gan Nanchang /sɛʔ⁵/
    Hakka Meixian /set̚¹/
    Taoyuan /set̚²²/
    Cantonese Guangzhou /sek̚⁵/
    Nanning /sek̚⁵⁵/
    Hong Kong /sɐk̚⁵/
    Min Xiamen (Min Nan) /sik̚³²/
    Fuzhou (Min Dong) /saiʔ²³/
    Jian'ou (Min Bei) /sɛ²⁴/
    Shantou (Min Nan) /sek̚²/
    Haikou (Min Nan) /tek̚⁵/

    Reading # 1/1
    Initial () (21)
    Final () (134)
    Tone (調) Checked (Ø)
    Openness (開合) Open
    Division () III
    Baxter srik
    BaxterSagart system 1.1 (2014)
    Reading # 1/1
    ‹ srik ›
    English color; countenance

    Notes for Old Chinese notations in the Baxter–Sagart system:

    * Parentheses "()" indicate uncertain presence;
    * Square brackets "[]" indicate uncertain identity, e.g. *[t] as coda may in fact be *-t or *-p;
    * Angle brackets "<>" indicate infix;
    * Hyphen "-" indicates morpheme boundary;

    * Period "." indicates syllable boundary.
    Zhengzhang system (2003)
    Reading # 1/1
    No. 10989
    MC rime

    Definitions edit

    1. color; tint; hue; shade (Classifier: c)
        ―  yán  ―  color
        ―  yánshǎir  ―  color
        ―  hóng  ―  red
      定理  ―  dìnglǐ  ―  four color theorem
    2. look; expression
        ―  liǎn  ―  facial expression
    3. scenery; circumstance
        ―  jǐng  ―  scenery
        ―    ―  night scenery
    4. kind; sort
        ―  huò  ―  goods; stuff; trash; rubbish; quality of goods; specification
    5. feminine charm; beauty
      姿  ―    ―  good looks (of women)
    6. lust; sexual desire
        ―  hào  ―  to lust for women
        ―  qíng  ―  pornography; sexual desire
    7. (colloquial) perverted; being a pervert; lecherous
    8. theatrical role
        ―  jué  ―  role; part
    9. metallic content
        ―  chéng  ―  purity (of a precious metal in an alloy)
    10. die (a cube with numbers or symbols on each side, used in games of chance) (Classifier: c)
        ―  shǎizi  ―  die
    11. (Buddhism) rūpa (form; material element; form of existence; etc.)
      [MSC, trad. and simp.]
      jí shì kōng, kōng jí shì . [Pinyin]
      Form is emptiness, emptiness is form.
    12. (transgender slang) Short for 色普龍色普龙; cypro (cyproterone acetate)
    13. a surname

    Synonyms edit

    • (color): (yán)
    • (perverted):
    • (die):

    See also edit

    Colors in Chinese · 顏色颜色 (layout · text)
         白色      灰色      黑色
                 紅色红色, 赤色; 緋紅色绯红色, 豔紅色艳红色, 大紅大红              橙色; 棕色, 褐色              黃色黄色; 奶油色
                 青檸色青柠色              綠色绿色             
                 青色; 深青色              湛藍色湛蓝色, 蔚藍色蔚蓝色, 天藍色天蓝色              藍色蓝色
                 紫羅蘭色紫罗兰色; 靛色              洋紅色洋红色; 紫色              粉紅色粉红色
    • (cypro): (, “E”), (luó, “spiro”)

    Compounds edit

    Descendants edit

    Sino-Xenic ():
    • Japanese: (しき) (shiki); (しょく) (shoku)
    • Korean: 색(色) (saek)
    • Vietnamese: sắc ()

    References edit

    Further reading edit

    Japanese edit

    Stroke order

    Kanji edit

    (grade 2 “Kyōiku” kanji)

    Readings edit

    Compounds edit

    Etymology 1 edit

    Kanji in this term
    Grade: 2
    Japanese Wikipedia has an article on:
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    ⟨iro2 → */irə//iro/

    From Old Japanese.

    First attested in the Nihon Shoki with the meaning of color.[1] Senses referring to a person's emotions also appear quite early on. The romance or sex senses appear from the 900s, apparently an influence from Chinese usage,[1] and roughly comparable to the euphemistic usage of English colorful.

    Pronunciation edit

    Noun edit

    (いろ) (iro

    1. [from 720] color
      me no iro ga chigau neko
      a cat that has eyes of different color
    2. [from 797] (figurative) the metaphorical color or mood
      1. one's facial coloring or expression
      2. the shape of one's face or appearance; more specifically, beautiful looks or a beautiful figure
      3. lively elegance, enjoyable or interesting charm
      4. apparent thoughtfulness, warmheartedness
      5. the feeling or mood of a thing
      6. the tenor or timber of a voice or sound
      7. in Noh, a section that is chanted at a medium pace; alternately, a decorative poetic section
      8. in 浄瑠璃 (jōruri, puppet show narrative), a lively section that is neither strictly dialog nor narration, but has many elements of dialog
      9. when playing the koto, pushing on a string with the fingers of the left hand to change the pitch of a note, or for vibrato
    3. [from early 900s] something related to romantic or sexual love, particularly between genders
      1. the emotions or circumstances of attraction between genders
      2. extramarital relations, an affair
      3. an extramarital lover
      4. a prostitute
      5. a red-light district
    4. [from late 900s] the type or kind of something
    5. (informal, slang) various specific kinds of color:
      1. (informal, slang, woman's speech) lipstick or rouge
      2. (informal, slang) soy sauce
      3. (informal, slang) paint
    Derived terms edit
    Related terms edit

    Adjective edit

    (いろ) (iro-na (adnominal (いろ) (iro na), adverbial (いろ) (iro ni))

    1. [from late 900s] (archaic) of exceptional beauty of form or appearance
      • Utsubo Monogatari, late 10th c.:
        ironaru musume domo inamite
        beautiful girls all in a row
    2. [from late 900s] (archaic) knowledgeable about lovemaking, sensual; lascivious, lecherous
      • Ochikubo Monogatari, late 10th c.:
        echizenmori ironaru hito ni te
        Echizenmori was a man who liked the girls / had quite the libido
    3. [from early 1000s] (archaic) elegant, tasteful, refined
      • The Tale of Genji, early 11th c.:
        menarezu mo aru sumahi no sama ka na ironaru okokoro ni wa okashiku oboshinasaru
        "I haven't seen it before, but it looks like a house," he thought bemusedly in his refined mind...

    Affix edit

    (いろ) (iro

    1. relating to a love affair or the red light district
    2. of that tone or timber or mood
    3. relating to type or kind
    Usage notes edit

    Only found in compounds.

    Etymology 2 edit

    Kanji in this term
    Grade: 2

    ⟨iro2pe2 → */irəpəj//irofe//iroe/

    Nominalization of the 連用形 (ren'yōkei, continuative or stem form) of classical shimo nidan katsuyō verb 色う (irou, to color something).

    Not used in modern Japanese.

    Pronunciation edit

    Noun edit

    (いろえ) (iroeいろへ (irofe)?

    1. (obsolete) coloring, design

    Etymology 3 edit

    Kanji in this term
    Grade: 2

    From Middle Chinese (MC srik). The goon reading, so likely the initial borrowing.[4]

    The Buddhist sense is translation of Sanskrit रूप (rūpa, outward appearance, color, form, shape).

    Pronunciation edit

    Noun edit

    (しき) (shiki

    1. (Buddhism) material form, specifically the organized body as one of the five constituent elements or skandhas
      • 7th century, Heart Sutra (translation by Xuanzang)
        Sharishi, shiki fu i kū, kū fu i shiki. Shiki soku ze kū, kū soku ze shiki. Ju-sō-gyō-shiki, yaku bu nyoze.
        Sariputra, form is not different from emptiness; emptiness is not different from form. That which is form is empty; that which is emptiness is form. This is also true for sensation, perception, intention, and awareness.[5]
    2. that which is visible of a thing, specifically form and color
    3. color
    Usage notes edit

    Used extensively in compounds.

    Derived terms edit
    See also edit

    Etymology 4 edit

    Kanji in this term
    Grade: 2

    From Middle Chinese (MC srik). The kan'on reading, so likely a later borrowing.[4]

    Pronunciation edit

    Affix edit

    (しょく) (shoku

    1. color (US), colour (everywhere else)
    Usage notes edit

    Used in compounds.

    Derived terms edit

    Counter edit

    (しょく) (-shoku

    1. used to count the number of colors
      sanshoku suri
      three-color printing
    Derived terms edit

    See also edit

    Colors in Japanese · (いろ) (iro) (layout · text)
         (しろ) (shiro)      (はい)(いろ) (haiiro),
    (ねずみ)(いろ) (nezumiiro) (dated)
         (くろ) (kuro)
                 (あか) (aka); (しん)() (shinku),
    クリムゾン (kurimuzon),
    (べに)(いろ) (beniiro),
    (くれない)(いろ) (kurenaiiro),
    (あかね)(いろ) (akaneiro)
                 オレンジ (orenji),
    (だいだい)(いろ) (daidaiiro); (ちゃ)(いろ) (chairo),
    (かっ)(しょく) (kasshoku)
                 ()(いろ) (kiiro); クリーム(いろ) (kurīmuiro)
                 ()(みどり) (kimidori)              (みどり) (midori),
    (あお) (ao) (dated)
                 若緑(わかみどり) (wakamidori)
                 シアン (shian); (かも)羽色(はねいろ) (kamo no hane iro)              (みず)(いろ) (mizuiro)              (あお) (ao)
                 (すみれ)(いろ) (sumireiro); (あい)(いろ) (aiiro),
    インジゴ (injigo)
                 マゼンタ (mazenta); (むらさき) (murasaki)              ピンク (pinku),
    (もも)(いろ) (momoiro)

    References edit

    1. 1.0 1.1 ”, in 日本国語大辞典 (Nihon Kokugo Daijiten, Nihon Kokugo Daijiten)[1] (in Japanese), concise edition, Tōkyō: Shogakukan, 2000
    2. 2.0 2.1 Akira Matsumura, editor (2006) 大辞林 [Daijirin] (in Japanese), Third edition, Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
    3. ^ NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute, editor (1998) NHK日本語発音アクセント辞典 [NHK Japanese Pronunciation Accent Dictionary] (in Japanese), Tōkyō: NHK Publishing, →ISBN
    4. 4.0 4.1 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
    5. ^ Kido Inoue; Doiku Takeda (2012), Reggie Pawle, Ph.D, editor, Record of Traces and Dreams: the Heart Sutra, iUniverse, →ISBN, page vi

    Korean edit

    Etymology edit

    From Middle Chinese (MC srik).

    Historical Readings
    Dongguk Jeongun Reading
    Dongguk Jeongun, 1448 ᄉᆡᆨ〮 (Yale: sóyk)
    Middle Korean
    Text Eumhun
    Gloss (hun) Reading
    Sinjeung Yuhap, 1576 (Yale: pis) ᄉᆡᆨ (Yale: soyk)

    Pronunciation edit

    Hanja edit

    Korean Wikisource has texts containing the hanja:


    (eumhun (bit saek))

    1. Hanja form? of (colour). [noun]

    Compounds edit

    References edit

    • 국제퇴계학회 대구경북지부 (國際退溪學會 大邱慶北支部) (2007). Digital Hanja Dictionary, 전자사전/電子字典. [3]

    Vietnamese edit

    Han character edit

    : Hán Nôm readings: sắc, sặc

    1. color