xiān first; before

Made up of [ ér legs radical 10]


Consists of a small plant on top of legs and has the meaning of 'advance' and hence be first
Number of strokes 6

Related characters

Using ér : ér (child) yuán (primary) guāng (light) kè (to be able to) tù (rabbit) jiàn (see) xiōng (elder brother) zhēn (really)

Sounds same

xiān (fresh)

Different tone

xián xián (to stay idle) xiǎn (danger) xiàn (to appear)

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李先念 Li Xiannian


笨鸟先飞早入林 bèn niǎo xiān fēi zǎo rù lín It is important to be early to achieve success
恶人先告状 è rén xiān gàozhuàng The perpetrator diverts attention by being the first to complain
捷足先登 jié zú xiān dēng To succeed need to start off first
先下手为强 xiān xià shǒu wéi qiáng To gain the upper hand by striking first


先生 xiān shēng Mr.
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