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N4 Kanji 51: 妹

Meaning of kanji 妹:

In Japanese, 妹 means “younger sister”.


How to read kanji 妹:

Kunyomiいもうと
Onyomiまい

How to write kanji 妹:


Origin of kanji 妹:

妹=女+未
女 means “woman”, 未 means “not”.
You are not seeing your younger sister as a woman who can be your girlfriend because she is your younger sister.
So kanji 妹 stands for “younger sister”.


Development of kanji 妹:


Vocabulary containing kanji 妹:

WordReadingMeaning
いもうとsister
姉妹しまいsisters
義妹ぎまいsister-in-law
弟妹ていまいbrother and sister
従妹いとこcousin
妹婿いもうとむこhusband of younger sister
実妹じつまいreal younger sister

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