A glossary of Japanese linguistic terms used in the body of this dictionary. see also Appendix:Glossary for terms not specific to Japanese.
- Commonly used kanji – English translation of Jōyō kanji.
- Grade n kanji – one of the grade divisions of the kyōiku kanji (educational kanji).
- Jinmeiyō kanji (人名用漢字) – kanji used for names per official list, supplement to jōyō kanji. May mean either just the jinmeiyō kanji, or jōyō kanji and jinmeiyō kanji, meaning “all kanji on official lists”. Opposite of hyōgaiji.
- Jōyō kanji (常用漢字) – commonly used kanji, per official list.
- Jukujikun (熟字訓) – kanji used for meaning, not sound, as in 今日 (きょう, kyō, “today”). Also known as 義訓 (ぎくん, gikun). Opposite of ateji.
- Kun'yomi (訓読み) – The native Japanese reading (yomi) of a kanji character based on the original ancient Japanese word of that meaning.
- Kyōiku kanji (教育漢字) – Elementary school kanji; literally, “educational kanji”. The elementary level of the jōyō kanji, divided into 6 grades.
- Kyūjitai (旧字体) – Japanese traditional characters; literally “old character forms”. Opposite to shinjitai. Virtually identical to Chinese traditional characters, with occasional differences. Used for hyōgaiji and in pre-shinjitai texts.
- Uncommon kanji – English translation of Hyōgaiji.