qián front; forward; ahead

Made up of [ cǎo grass; herb radical 140, yuè moon; month radical 74, dāo knife (radical) radical 18]

Note

The original form had a boat heading forward hence 'front', the modern form has 'moon' with a 'knife' perhaps suggesting the night 'preceding' harvest
Number of strokes 9

Related characters


Using cǎo : huā (flower) chá (tea) yīng (flower) cài (vegetable) māo (cat) cǎo (grass) láo (to toil) mǎn (to fill) yì (skill) kǔ (bitter) dǒng (to understand)
Using yuè : míng (bright) yǒu (have) néng (to be able to) suí (Sui) gān (liver) qīng (green) péng (friend) péng (friend) jiāo (to glue) dǎn (the gall)
Using dāo : lì (sharp) gāng (hard) kān (to print) bié (to leave) dào (arrive)

Sounds same

qián (money) qián (Heaven) qián

Different tone

qiān (thousand) qiān qiǎn (shallow) qiàn (yawn)

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Pronunciation

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

Proverbs

空前绝后 kōng qián jué hòu Something that is genuinely completely new
前车之鉴 qián chē zhī jiàn Take account of what has gone before
前怕狼后怕虎 qián pà láng hòu pà hǔ To be obsessed by fears of attack from all sides
所向无前 suǒ xiàng wú qián Invincible against all opponents

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