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西 U+897F, 西
CJK UNIFIED IDEOGRAPH-897F

[U+897E]
CJK Unified Ideographs
[U+8980]

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TranslingualEdit

Stroke order
 

Han characterEdit

西 (radical 146 西+0, 6 strokes, cangjie input 一金田 (MCW), four-corner 10600, composition𠁤)

Usage notesEdit

西 is the 146th radical of the Chinese dictionary. In its few compounds it most often appears at the top in the form 覀 as in . It is important to distinguish it from and .

Derived charactersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • KangXi: page 1128, character 10
  • Dai Kanwa Jiten: character 34763
  • Dae Jaweon: page 1595, character 19
  • Hanyu Da Zidian: volume 4, page 2805, character 2
  • Unihan data for U+897F

ChineseEdit

simp. and trad.
西
alt. forms

Glyph originEdit

Historical forms of the character 西
Shang Western Zhou Shuowen Jiezi (compiled in Han) Liushutong (compiled in Ming)
Oracle bone script Bronze inscriptions Small seal script Transcribed ancient scripts
       
Characters in the same phonetic series (西) (Zhengzhang, 2003) 
Old Chinese
*sɯːl, *sɯːl
*sraːls, *sɯːlʔ
西 *sɯːl
*sɯːl
*sɯːl
*sɯːl, *sɯːls
*sʰɯːns
*hjɯnʔ

Pictogram (象形) – a bag or basket, borrowed for phonetic value. Compare (OC *toːŋ, “bundle > east”). Traditionally explained as a pictogram of a bird settling into its nest, which by analogy with the setting of the sun means “west”. This etymology has been disputed (Sears), but Sagart (2004) stands by it.

PronunciationEdit


Note:
  • sai - vernacular;
  • se - literary;
  • si - vernacular (limited, e.g. 西瓜).
Note:
  • sai - literary;
  • si1 - vernacular (for 西瓜).

  • Dialectal data
Variety Location 西
Mandarin Beijing /ɕi⁵⁵/
Harbin /ɕi⁴⁴/
Tianjin /ɕi²¹/
Jinan /ɕi²¹³/
Qingdao /si²¹³/
Zhengzhou /si²⁴/
Xi'an /ɕi²¹/
Xining /ɕji⁴⁴/
Yinchuan /ɕi⁴⁴/
Lanzhou /ɕi³¹/
Ürümqi /ɕi⁴⁴/
Wuhan /ɕi⁵⁵/
Chengdu /ɕi⁵⁵/
Guiyang /ɕi⁵⁵/
Kunming /ɕi⁴⁴/
Nanjing /si³¹/
Hefei /sz̩²¹/
Jin Taiyuan /ɕi¹¹/
Pingyao /ɕi¹³/
/sei¹³/ ~瓜
Hohhot /ɕi³¹/
Wu Shanghai /ɕi⁵³/
Suzhou /si⁵⁵/
Hangzhou /ɕi³³/
Wenzhou /sei³³/
Hui Shexian /si³¹/
Tunxi /se¹¹/
Xiang Changsha /si³³/
Xiangtan /si³³/
Gan Nanchang /ɕi⁴²/
Hakka Meixian /si⁴⁴/
Taoyuan /si²⁴/
Cantonese Guangzhou /sɐi⁵³/
Nanning /ɬɐi⁵⁵/
Hong Kong /sɐi⁵⁵/
Min Xiamen (Min Nan) /se⁵⁵/
/sai⁵⁵/ 東~
/si⁵⁵/ ~瓜
Fuzhou (Min Dong) /sɛ⁴⁴/
Jian'ou (Min Bei) /sai⁵⁴/
/si⁵⁴/
Shantou (Min Nan) /si³³/
/sai³³/
Haikou (Min Nan) /si²³/
/tai²³/

Rime
Character 西
Reading # 1/1
Initial () (16)
Final () (39)
Tone (調) Level (Ø)
Openness (開合) Open
Division () IV
Fanqie
Reconstructions
Zhengzhang
Shangfang
/sei/
Pan
Wuyun
/sei/
Shao
Rongfen
/sɛi/
Edwin
Pulleyblank
/sɛj/
Li
Rong
/sei/
Wang
Li
/siei/
Bernard
Karlgren
/siei/
Expected
Mandarin
Reflex
Baxter-Sagart system 1.1 (2014)
Character 西 西
Reading # 1/2 2/2
Modern
Beijing
(Pinyin)
Middle
Chinese
‹ sej › ‹ sej ›
Old
Chinese
/*s-nˤər/ /*s-nˤər/
English west west

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)
Character 西
Reading # 1/1
No. 13236
Phonetic
component
西
Rime
group
Rime
subdivision
1
Corresponding
MC rime
西
Old
Chinese
/*sɯːl/

DefinitionsEdit

西

  1. west; western

Coordinate termsEdit

CompoundsEdit


JapaneseEdit

KanjiEdit

西

(grade 2 “Kyōiku” kanji)

ReadingsEdit

CompoundsEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Kanji in this term
西
にし
Grade: 2
kun’yomi

From the direction of sunset, derived from the adjective 往にし (inishi, leaving, passing). (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

西 (hiragana にし, rōmaji nishi)

  1. west (one of the four cardinal directions)
    Antonyms: (higashi)
  2. the West
  3. wind blowing from the west
  4. (theater) in kabukii:
    1. the left side of the stage in the Edo-style
    2. the right side of the stage in Kyoto and Osaka styles
  5. (sumo) the names of sumo wrestlers on the left side of a banzuke
  6. by extension of the West sense, a capitalist state
    Synonyms: 西側 (nishigawa)
Derived termsEdit
IdiomsEdit

Proper nounEdit

西 (hiragana にし, rōmaji Nishi)

  1. (Buddhism) Synonym of 西方浄土 (Saihō Jōdo), the western paradise of Amitabha Buddha
  2. (Buddhism) Short for 西本願寺 (Nishi Hongan-ji)., a Buddhist temple in Kyoto
    Synonyms: お西 (o-Nishi)
  3. (historical) the red-light district in Edo-period Shinjuku
    as the district was at the west of Edo Castle
  4. name of a district in various prefectures of Japan
  5. A surname​.

Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term
西

Grade: 2
Irregular

Short-form of ateji spelling 西班牙 (Supein).

Proper nounEdit

西 (hiragana , rōmaji Su)

  1. Spain

Etymology 3Edit

Kanji in this term
西
しゃー
Grade: 2
Irregular

Derivation unknown.

NounEdit

西 (katakana シャー, rōmaji shā)

  1. (mahjong) west wind (tile)
  2. (mahjong) a (yaku, hand) of a triplet or quad of west wind tiles, see 役牌

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
  2. ^ 1974, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Second Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō

KoreanEdit

HanjaEdit

西 (seo)

  1. west; western

OkinawanEdit

KanjiEdit

西 (hiragana いり, romaji iri)

NounEdit

西 (hiragana いり, romaji iri)

  1. the West

CompoundsEdit


VietnameseEdit

Han characterEdit

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  • Sơn Tây 山西
  • Tây Sơn 西山
  • Sài Gòn 西貢
  • phía tây : 費西

ReferencesEdit

  • Thiều Chửu : Hán Việt Tự Điển Hà Nội 1942
  • Trần Văn Chánh: Từ Điển Hán Việt NXB Trẻ, Ho Chi Minh Ville, 1999
  • Vũ Văn Kính: Đại Tự Điển Chữ Nôm, NXB Văn Nghệ, Ho Chi Minh Ville, 1999