xiān first; before

Made up of [ ér legs radical 10]

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


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

Sounds same

xiān (fresh)

Different tone

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

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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

先生 xiān shēng Mr.
Chinese proverb

Proverb

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gè hé shang tiāo shuǐ hē, liǎng gè hé shang tái shuǐ hē, sān ge hé shang méi shuǐ hē [yi ge he shang tiao shui he, liang ge he shang tai shui he, san ge he shang mei shui he]
one yet lift water, two yet carry water, three yet not carry water
One monk shoulders water by himself; two can still share the labor between them. When it comes to three, they all go thirsty.
Sometimes work is best done alone, a group may procrastinate without achieving anything
Too many cooks spoil the broth
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