xiān first; before

Made up of [ ér legs radical 10]
Used as component in :

Note

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


Also uses ér component: ér (child) guāng (light) jiàn (see) kè (to be able to) miǎn (to escape) tù (rabbit) xiōng (elder brother) yuán (primary) zhēn (really)

Sounds same

xiān (fresh)

Different tone

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

< Previous xiān Next xián >

Pronunciation

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People

李先念 Li Xiannian

Proverbs

笨鸟先飞早入林 bèn niǎo xiān fēi zǎo rù lín Starting early helps 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

Phrases

xiān shēng Mr.

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