měi beautiful

Made up of [ yáng sheep; goat radical 123, big; great; large; very radical 37]

Note

Represents a combination of 'large' and 'sheep' possibly aluding to a peaceful disposition
Number of strokes 9

Related characters


Using yáng : qún (group) xiān (fresh)
Using : tiān (sky) tài (too) qìng (celebrate) fū (husband) tóu (head) mò (do not) shí (real) shī (to lose) qí (strange) yāng (center)

Different tone

méi (have not) mèi (younger sister)

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Pronunciation

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stroke order for 美
Stroke order for character 美, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license

Proverbs

十全十美 shí quán shí měi Perfection; Faultless

Phrases

美国 měi guó America
Quintessence of the Nation

Quintessence of the Nation

Culture

Traditional Chinese Opera was the entertainment of all Chinese over many centuries. A long evening performance contains elements of drama, music, comedy, acrobatics and martial arts. Each region has its own distinctive form. Over time complex movements have been given specific meanings as a very sparse set is used open on three sides. The art form has inspired many Western composers to emulate the style.
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