lè music; happy

Made up of [丿 piě 'slash' radical 4]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

Original a picture of five drums for the five musical notes, now simplified to a music stand. The same character is used for 'joy' with different pronunciation 'yue'
Number of strokes: 5

Related characters


Also uses 丿 piě component: bì (certainly) dì (younger brother) hū (at) jiǔ (nine) jiǔ (long time) me (what) nǎi (to be) nián (year) shǎo (less) shēng (produce) shī (to lose) wù (fifth (ordinal)) wù (do not) wǔ (noon) yì (justice) zhī (him) zú (clan)

Different tone

le ('completed')
Alternative pronunciation : yuè

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Pronunciation

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Cities

乐山 Leshan, Sichuan

People

永乐帝 Emperor Yongle

Proverbs

安居乐业 ān jū lè yè Wishing you well in a new home
乐极生悲 lè jí shēng bēi Wallowing in pleasure will lead to regrets afterwards. Restrain yourself or you'll regret it
幸灾乐祸 xìng zāi lè huò The story is of a king who delighted in the plight of the neighboring kingdom that was suffering from famine and would not help them even though he had received help when his people were suffering. So it means sadistic glee.
乐不思蜀 lè bù sī Shǔ Lost in present pleasures so as to forget home and duties. Said of Liu Chan ruler of the Shu kingdom (Sichuan province) who when defeated and in exile heard songs of his old kingdom but did not become melancholy like his other guests. So it refers to someone living in the present and not caring about the past. Lost in the moment

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