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金 is the symbol for metal (often means gold or money) in Chinese, Korean and Japanese.
In an interesting twist, in Japanese, this Kanji can also mean "Friday." I guess Friday is "the golden day" in Japan.
Gold / Metal is one of the five elements that ancient Chinese believed all things were composed of. These elements are also part of the cycle of Chinese astrology. Every person has both an animal sign, and one of the five elements according to the date of their birth. See also Five Elements and Chinese 12 Animals / Zodiac.
金木水火土 is a list of the Chinese characters for the five elements in a comfortable order (meaning that they simply "feel right" to a Chinese person who views this arrangement).
The order is metal, wood, water, fire, earth.
Note that sometimes the metal element is translated as gold. And earth refers to soil versus the whole planet earth.
錢 is the simplest way to say "money" in Chinese. It can also mean cash, coins, or currency. It's also a surname in China.
This also means coins in old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji (though they use a slightly alternate form in Japan as seen to the right). In both Japan and Korea, this can simply mean "one cent."
On the left side of this character is a radical which means "gold" (or metal depending on context).
On the right are two repeated radicals which currently mean "small" or "narrow" but used to kind of mean "tools" or "weapon."
It's a bit of a stretch but you could suggest that money = "gold weapons" or "gold tools" in Chinese. Many Chinese people would argue otherwise depending on what they know of or the way they understand the etymology of the right side radical. I've seen some who say it means "industrialized gold."
This is an ancient Chinese proverb used in modern times talk of profound or powerful words.
The literal meaning is, "one word [worth] nine [sacred] tripods." The tripod is a highly-prized three-legged (sometimes four-legged) metal pot or kettle of ancient China. They are often made of bronze, and the Emperor would have very large ones gilded in gold. See the image to the right for an example.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your gold metal search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| jīn / jin1
| gold; chemical element Au; generic term for lustrous and ductile metals; money; golden; highly respected; one of the eight ancient musical instruments 八音[ba1 yin1]; surname Jin; surname Kim (Korean); Jurchen Jin dynasty (1115-1234)
(noun - becomes adjective with の) gold; (n,n-suf) (1) gold (Au); golden (color); gold (medal, cup); (adj-no,n) (2) valuable; of highest value; (3) gold coin; money; (4) (abbreviation) Friday; (5) metal (fourth of the five elements); (6) Jin (dynasty of China; 1115-1234 CE); (n,n-suf) (7) (shogi) (abbreviation) gold general; (8) (abbreviation) (colloquialism) testicles; (suf,ctr) (9) karat; carat; (1) money; (2) metal; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) money; (2) metal; (surname) Kimu; Kim; (surname) Yun; (personal name) Dzin; (personal name) Chin; (surname) Chiyon; (personal name) Jin; (surname) Jiyon; (surname) Jun; (surname) Jiyai; (surname) Kon; (surname) Kintaka; (personal name) Kinji; (surname, female given name) Kin; (surname) Kiyon; (personal name) Kaneyuki; (personal name) Kanenori; (surname) Kanetaka; (personal name) Kaneshi; (personal name) Kanekatsu; (surname) Kane
hiraṇya, 伊爛拏 which means cold, any precious metal, semen, etc.; or 蘇伐刺 suvarṇa, which means "of a good or beautiful colour", "golden", "yellow", "gold", "a gold coin", etc. The Chinese means metal, gold, money.
More info / calligraphy:
Gold / Metal
| bó / bo2
| plaited matting (of rushes, bamboo etc); silkworm basket; metal foil; foil paper
(1) foil; (gold, etc.) leaf; (2) prestige
| wǔ jīn / wu3 jin1
| metal hardware (nuts and bolts); the five metals: gold, silver, copper, iron and tin 金銀銅鐵錫|金银铜铁锡
| hán jīn / han2 jin1
| metal bearing (ore); gold bearing
| sì lún / si4 lun2
| (can be adjective with の) four-wheeled
The four wheels or circles: (1) 大地四輪 the four on which the earth rests, wind (or air), water, metal, and space. (2) Four images with wheels, yellow associated with metal or gold, white with water, red with fire, and black with wind. (3) The four dhyāni-buddhas, 金剛輪 Akṣobhya; 寳輪 Ratnasaṃbhava; 法輪 Amitābha; 羯磨輪 Amoghasiddhi. (4) Also the four metals, gold, silver, copper, iron, of the cakravartin kings.
| shēng xiàng / sheng1 xiang4
| 生似 Natural and similar, i. e. gold and silver, gold being the natural and perfect metal and colour; silver being next, though it will tarnish; the two are also called 生色 and 可染, i. e. the proper natural (unchanging) colour, and the tarnishable; natural and semblance
| makie まきえ
|| gold or silver lacquer; lacquer decoration sprinkled with metal powder; (female given name) Makie
| huáng jīn / huang2 jin1
| gold; golden (opportunity); prime (time)
The yellow metal, i.e. gold.
| jīn rén / jin1 ren2
| Buddha; an image of Buddha of metal or gold, also 金佛; gold figure
| kanehen かねへん
|| (1) kanji "metal" or "gold" radical at left; (2) the metal industry
| jīn shān / jin1 shan1
| Jinshan suburban district of Shanghai; Jinshan or Chinshan township in New Taipei City 新北市[Xin1 bei3 shi4], Taiwan
(gold) mine; (place-name) Kinzan; (place-name, surname) Kaneyama; (place-name, surname) Kanayama
Metal or golden mountain, i.e. Buddha, or the Buddha's body; gold mountain
| jīn lún / jin1 lun2
| (1) (Buddhist term) gold wheel (highest of the three layered wheels that support the earth above the primordial void); (2) (Buddhist term) (abbreviation) gold wheel-turning sage king; (1) metal ring; metal hoop; metal band; (2) trivet; (place-name, surname) Kanawa
The metal circle on which the earth rests, above the water circle which is above the wind (or air) circle which rests on space. Also the cakra, wheel or disc, emblem of sovereignty, one of the seven precious possessions of a king; metal wheel
| diǎn jīn chéng tiě / dian3 jin1 cheng2 tie3
tien chin ch`eng t`ieh / tien chin cheng tieh
| to transform gold into base metal (idiom); fig. to edit sb else's beautiful prose and ruin it
| zhuó jiā luō fá là dǐ / zhuo2 jia1 luo1 fa2 la4 di3
cho chia lo fa la ti
| 遮迦越羅; 轉輪王 Cakravartī-rāja, sovereign ruler, whose chariot wheels roll everywhere without hindrance: the extent of his realm and power are indicated by the quality of the metal, iron, copper, silver, or, for universality, gold. The highest cakravartī uses the wheel or thunder-bolt as a weapon and 'hurls his Tchakra into the midst of his enemies', but the Buddha 'meekly turns the wheel of doctrine and conquers every universe by his teaching'.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|金||kin||jīn / jin1 / jin||chin|
|Five Elements||金木水火土||jīn mù shuǐ huǒ tǔ
jin1 mu4 shui3 huo3 tu3
jin mu shui huo tu
|chin mu shui huo t`u
chin mu shui huo tu
|kin ryuu / kinryuu / kin ryu / kinryu||jīn lóng / jin1 long2 / jin long / jinlong||chin lung / chinlung|
|Money||錢 / 銭|
|sen||qián / qian2 / qian||ch`ien / chien|
|Words Have Enormous Weight
One Word Worth Nine Caldrons
|一言九鼎||yī yán jiǔ dǐng
yi1 yan2 jiu3 ding3
yi yan jiu ding
|i yen chiu ting
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.
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