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美 is often used to describe the beauty of a woman. However, when applied to a man, it can mean handsome. It's also the first character in the word for "beauty salon" which you will see all over China and Japan.
This can be used as the given name for a girl (spell it or say it as "Mei" or "May").
For a bit of trivia: The title for the "USA" in Chinese is "Mei Guo" which literally means "Beautiful Country." This name was bestowed at a time before Chairman Mao came to power and decided that China didn't like the USA anymore (even though we fought together against the Japanese in WWII). But these days, Chinese people love Americans (but have distaste for American politics and policy). But I digress...
美 is also how "Beautiful" is written in Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja. 美 can also mean: very satisfactory; good; to be pleased with oneself; abbreviation for the USA; fine; handsome; admirable; madhura; sweet; pleasant.
These two characters create a word that means, "harmonious" or, "in perfect harmony." The deeper meaning or more natural translation would be something like, "beautiful life."
The first character means peace and harmony.
The second character means beautiful. But in this case, when combined with the first character, beautiful refers to being satisfied with what you have in your life. This can be having good relations, good feelings, comfort, and having enough (with no feeling of wanting).
Note: In Japanese, this is often used as the name "Wami." This title is probably more appropriate if your audience is Chinese.
In Chinese, this is the title for the art of beauty, as applying makeup or cosmetics to enhance beauty.
Note: In Japanese and Korean, this takes the meaning of beautiful face or beauty of figure or form. Be sure you know who your audience is, and have matched the desired meaning.
This can be translated as beautiful view, beautiful scenery, or beautiful sight.
Note: Not a commonly used word in modern Japanese.
美麗 is a two-character word used often in Chinese, old Korean, and ancient Japanese to express beauty.
I've had a few requests for a "two-character beautiful" and this is by far the best word. 美麗 is not a common word for an Asian person to want on a wall scroll. However, you will see it commonly used as an adjective in phrases, stories, and titles throughout magazines and signage in China.
美麗 can also be translated as gorgeous or lovely.
Note: 美麗 is not commonly used in modern Japan.
Beyond elegant and exquisite elegance, this is also the word used to say "beautiful" or "marvelous" when referring to a work of art.
Can also be translated as exquisiteness, gracefulness.
Note: Not a commonly used word in Japanese.
In Chinese, this means Goddess of Beauty.
The first character means beauty or beautiful.
The second character means spirit (can also mean god, goddess, or soul).
Some will use this as a short way to say, "Beautiful Spirit."
This has a similar meaning in Japanese but is used more often as a female given name in Japan. As a Japanese given name, it can be pronounced Mikami, Mikan, or Binasu.
We don't really have a word like this in English but these two characters create a word that means "strong and beautiful." It could also be translated as "healthy and beautiful."
Note: 健美 is a word in Chinese and Korean but it's also the family name Takemi in Japanese. The characters hold the same meaning in Japanese but It's kind of like having the English name Stillwell, when few people would perceive the meanings of still and well.
美容師 means beautician in Korean and Chinese but can mean hairdresser (especially in Japan).
美容店 is how to write "Beauty Shop" or "Beauty Salon." If you own such a business, this would make a nice wall scroll to hang up - and many of your Asian customers will be able to read and appreciate it. When traveling in China, you will see signs like this in the window of any place that offers full services of hair styling, manicures, pedicures, and often shampoo with head and back massage.
However, as a handmade wall scroll, this becomes a very fancy piece of artwork that shows the high class of your business (a great sign for your window, if you don't get direct sunlight).
美人魚 is the Chinese word for mermaid.
It literally means "beautiful human fish."
美國館 is a Korean Hanja title, which roughly means, "U.S. School."
The first two characters mean "USA" (literally: Beautiful Kingdom/Country).
The last character means, "school," "building," "schoolroom" in this context.
This "Mi Guk Kwan" title is used to mean, "The American School of Tang Soo Do."
If you want this in modern Korean Hangul, just click the Hangul in the pronunciation box next to the Korean flag above.
美德 written in Chinese or Korean Hanja can also mean "grace of character" or "noble virtue."
There is a slight variation in the modern Japanese Kanji form of the second character. If you want the modern Japanese version, please click on the special Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note that the traditional Chinese form is still readable and understood by Japanese people (it's the ancient Japanese form anyway).
亞美尼亞 is the Chinese name for the country of Armenia
See Also: Asia
北美負鼠 is the full title for North American Opossum (aphesis spelling: Possum). The first two characters mean "North American" as an adjective. The third character means "carries" and refers to the marsupial pouch. The last character means "rat." You could say the literal translation is "marsupial rat."
Chinese opossums vary from the North American variety. If you were to use the last two characters alone, it may suggest the species native to China.
See Also: Year of the Rat
美式橄欖球 is the Chinese title for "American football" (not to be confused with international football known as soccer in the USA).
If you are a player or fan of American football, this would make a great wall scroll for your home.
The first two characters mean "American style."
The last three characters mean football or rugby (a game involving an oblong or ovoid ball).
The "American" adjective is needed in this title to differentiate from Canadian football, Australian rules football, and rugby.
See Also: Soccer
美屬薩摩亞 is the Chinese name for the territory of American Samoa (formerly known as Eastern Samoa).
This should not be confused with Independent Somoa which is to the west.
If you want just a general "Samoa" title, just use the plain "Samoa" entry, as it does not actually designate western, eastern, American, or independent.
See Also: Oceania
美麗的公主 is how to write beautiful princess in Chinese. The first two characters mean feminine beauty, or rather a way to say beautiful that only applies to women. The middle character is just a connecting character. The last two characters mean princess.
See Also: Queen
美麗的女人 is the best and most polite way to express "beautiful woman" in Chinese.
Note: Some people may like the simple 2-character way to express this but there are some bad connotations with that, so better to stay with this longer and more respectful title.
This is the Mawangdui version of Daodejing chapter 81.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your 美 search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| měi / mei3
bi / び
beautiful; very satisfactory; good; to beautify; to be pleased with oneself; the Americas; abbr. for 美洲[Mei3 zhou1]; USA; abbr. for 美國|美国[Mei3 guo2]
(n,n-suf) beauty; (personal name) Yomisuru; (female given name) Yoshimi; (surname) Yoshihama; (personal name) Yoshitsugu; (female given name) Yoshi; (female given name) Mei; (female given name) Miyoshi; (female given name) Myuu; (female given name) Miho; (personal name) Misumi; (female given name) Misao (Misawo); (surname) Misaki; (given name) Miki; (female given name) Mii; (personal name) Mia; (surname) Mi; (personal name) Biki; (given name) Bi; (female given name) Harumi; (female given name) Haru
Fine, handsome, beautiful, admirable. madhura, sweet, pleasant.
| jiàn měi / jian4 mei3
masami / まさみ takeyoshi / たけよし takemi / たけみ kenmi / けんみ kenbi / けんび
healthy and beautiful; to do fitness exercises; abbr. for 健美運動|健美运动[jian4 mei3 yun4 dong4]
(female given name) Masami; (male given name) Takeyoshi; (female given name) Takemi; (female given name) Kenmi; (personal name) Kenbi
| běi měi / bei3 mei3
kitami / きたみ
(personal name) Kitami
| nán měi / nan2 mei3
minami / みなみ nanmi / なんみ nami / なみ
(surname, female given name) Minami; (female given name) Nanmi; (female given name) Nami
| hé měi / he2 mei3
wami / わみ masumi / ますみ nagomi / なごみ tomomi / ともみ katsumi / かづみ kazuyoshi / かつみ kazumi / かずよし aimi / かずみ ai / あいみ
harmonious; in perfect harmony; Homei town in Changhua county 彰化縣|彰化县[Zhang1 hua4 xian4], Taiwan
(surname, female given name) Wami; (female given name) Masumi; (female given name) Nagomi; (female given name) Tomomi; (female given name) Kadzumi; (female given name) Katsumi; (male given name) Kazuyoshi; (female given name) Kazumi; (female given name) Ai
| měi guó / mei3 guo2
United States; USA; US
| měi miào / mei3 miao4
bimyou / bimyo / びみょう
beautiful; wonderful; splendid
(noun or adjectival noun) elegant; exquisite; (female given name) Mitae; (surname) Bimyou
| měi róng / mei3 rong2
biyou / biyo / びよう
to improve one's appearance (using cosmetics or cosmetic surgery); to make oneself more attractive; to beautify
(noun - becomes adjective with の) beauty of figure or form; (female given name) Miyo
| měi dé / mei3 de2
virtue; USA and Germany
| měi jǐng / mei3 jing3
bikei / bike / びけい
beautiful scenery; (female given name) Mika
| měi shén / mei3 shen2
mikan / みかん mikami / みかみ biinasu / binasu / びーなす
Goddess of beauty
(female given name) Mikan; (female given name) Mikami; (female given name) Bi-nasu
| měi lì / mei3 li4
birei / bire / びれい
(noun or adjectival noun) beautiful; gorgeous; (female given name) Mirei; (female given name) Mire; (female given name) Miri; (female given name) Mirai; (surname) Birei; (female given name) Biryon
| zhēn shàn měi / zhen1 shan4 mei3
chen shan mei
shinzenbi / しんぜんび
truth, goodness and beauty
the true, the good, and the beautiful; (female given name) Mazemi; (personal name) Shinzenbi
| měi rén yú / mei3 ren2 yu2
mei jen yü
| měi guó rén / mei3 guo2 ren2
mei kuo jen
American; American person; American people; CL:個|个[ge4]
| měi róng shī / mei3 rong2 shi1
mei jung shih
biyoushi / biyoshi / びようし
hairdresser; beautician (male)
| měi róng diàn / mei3 rong2 dian4
mei jung tien
biyouten / biyoten / びようてん
beauty salon; CL:家[jia1]
(See 美容院・びよういん,美容室・びようしつ) beauty salon; beauty parlor
| měi róng yuàn / mei3 rong2 yuan4
mei jung yüan
biyouin / biyoin / びよういん
beauty salon; lady's hair parlor
beauty parlour; beauty parlor; beauty salon; hairdressing salon
|biseinen / bisenen / びせいねん||
handsome young man; Adonis
| yà měi ní yà / ya4 mei3 ni2 ya4
ya mei ni ya
Armenia, capital Yerevan 埃里溫|埃里温[Ai1 li3 wen1]
| měi guó jun rén / mei3 guo2 jun1 ren2
mei kuo chün jen
American serviceman; US soldier
| měi shǔ sà mó yà / mei3 shu3 sa4 mo2 ya4
mei shu sa mo ya
| měi shì gǎn lǎn qiú / mei3 shi4 gan3 lan3 qiu2
mei shih kan lan ch`iu / mei shih kan lan chiu
|demi / でみ||
(female given name) Demi
|tomi / とみ||
(female given name) Tomi
| qī měi / qi1 mei3
ch`i mei / chi mei
nanami / ななみ shichimi / しちみ
Qimei or Chimei township in Penghu county 澎湖縣|澎湖县[Peng2 hu2 xian4] (Pescadores Islands), Taiwan
(surname, female given name) Nanami; (place-name) Shichimi
| zhōng měi / zhong1 mei3
nakami / なかみ
(surname, female given name) Nakami
| èr měi / er4 mei3
fumi / ふみ futami / ふたみ nimi / にみ naomi / なおみ tsugumi / つぐみ
(female given name) Fumi; (surname, female given name) Futami; (surname, female given name) Nimi; (female given name) Naomi; (female given name) Tsugumi
Two excellent things, i.e. meditation and wisdom.
| jiā měi / jia1 mei3
yoshimi / よしみ yoshiharu / よしはる mimi / みみ kayomi / かよみ kamiru / かみる kami / かみ kazumi / かずみ
(female given name) Yoshimi; (given name) Yoshiharu; (female given name) Mimi; (female given name) Kayomi; (female given name) Kamiru; (female given name) Kami; (female given name) Kazumi
| jun měi / jun4 mei3
yoshimi / よしみ toshiyoshi / としよし toshimi / としみ toshiharu / としはる shunbi / しゅんび
(female given name) Yoshimi; (male given name) Toshiyoshi; (female given name) Toshimi; (given name) Toshiharu; (given name) Shunbi
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|美||bi||měi / mei3 / mei|
|Ame||艾美||ài měi / ai4 mei3 / ai mei / aimei|
|Ami||阿美||ā měi / a1 mei3 / a mei / amei|
|Amy||艾美||ài měi / ai4 mei3 / ai mei / aimei|
Life in Perfect Harmony
|和美||wa mi / wami||hé měi / he2 mei3 / he mei / hemei||ho mei / homei|
|Beauty: The art of makeup|
|美容||biyou / biyo||měi róng / mei3 rong2 / mei rong / meirong||mei jung / meijung|
|Beautiful Sight||美景||bi kei / bikei||měi jǐng / mei3 jing3 / mei jing / meijing||mei ching / meiching|
|Beautiful Soul||美魂||bi tamashi / bitamashi|
|birei||měi lí / mei3 li2 / mei li / meili|
|美妙||bimyou / bimyo||měi miào / mei3 miao4 / mei miao / meimiao|
|Goddess of Beauty|
|美神||mikami||měi shén / mei3 shen2 / mei shen / meishen|
|Meagan||美甘||měi gān / mei3 gan1 / mei gan / meigan||mei kan / meikan|
|měi yà / mei3 ya4 / mei ya / meiya|
|Merrill||美林||měi lín / mei3 lin2 / mei lin / meilin|
|North America||北美||běi měi / bei3 mei3 / bei mei / beimei||pei mei / peimei|
|South America||南美||nán měi / nan2 mei3 / nan mei / nanmei|
|Strong and Beautiful||健美||takemi||jiàn měi / jian4 mei3 / jian mei / jianmei||chien mei / chienmei|
|United States of America (USA)||美國|
|měi guó / mei3 guo2 / mei guo / meiguo||mei kuo / meikuo|
Handsome Young Man
|美青年||bi sei nen / biseinen|
|ā měi lì|
a1 mei3 li4
a mei li
|méi guó rén|
mei2 guo2 ren2
mei guo ren
|mei kuo jen
|biyoushi / biyoshi||měi róng shī|
mei3 rong2 shi1
mei rong shi
|mei jung shih
|Beauty Salon||美容院||biyouin / biyoin||měi róng yuàn|
mei3 rong2 yuan4
mei rong yuan
|mei jung yüan
|美容店||měi róng diàn|
mei3 rong2 dian4
mei rong dian
|mei jung tien
|yǐn měi ěr|
yin3 mei3 er3
yin mei er
|yin mei erh
Beauty of Spirit
|nèi zài měi|
nei4 zai4 mei3
nei zai mei
|nei tsai mei
Beauty of Spirit
|内面美||nai men bi / naimenbi|
|měi lián dá|
mei3 lian2 da2
mei lian da
|mei lien ta
|měi rén yú|
mei3 ren2 yu2
mei ren yu
|mei jen yü
|Mi Guk Kwan||美國館|
|měi guó guǎn|
mei3 guo2 guan3
mei guo guan
|mei kuo kuan
|měi lán dá|
mei3 lan2 da2
mei lan da
|mei lan ta
|Monkey King||美猴王||měi hóu wáng|
mei3 hou2 wang2
mei hou wang
Manicure and Pedicure Salon
|美甲店||měi jiǎ diàn|
mei3 jia3 dian4
mei jia dian
|mei chia tien
|lóng měi ěr|
long2 mei3 er3
long mei er
|lung mei erh
|Truth Goodness and Beauty||真善美||shin zen bi|
|zhēn shàn měi|
zhen1 shan4 mei3
zhen shan mei
|chen shan mei
美德 / 美徳
|bitoku||měi dé / mei3 de2 / mei de / meide||mei te / meite|
|méi guó jūn rén|
mei2 guo2 jun1 ren2
mei guo jun ren
|mei kuo chün jen
|yà měi lì gē|
ya4 mei3 li4 ge1
ya mei li ge
|ya mei li ko
|yà měi ní yà|
ya4 mei3 ni2 ya4
ya mei ni ya
|měi lì xīn líng|
mei3 li4 xin1 ling2
mei li xin ling
|mei li hsin ling
|Beautiful Soul||美しい魂||utsukushii tamashii|
|yǒng héng de měi|
yong3 heng2 de mei3
yong heng de mei
|yung heng te mei
|God is Good||神真美好||shén zhēn měi hǎo|
shen2 zhen1 mei3 hao3
shen zhen mei hao
|shen chen mei hao
|Life is Good|
Life is Beautiful
|生活美好||shēng huó měi hǎo|
sheng1 huo2 mei3 hao3
sheng huo mei hao
|North American Opossum|
|běi měi fù shǔ|
bei3 mei3 fu4 shu3
bei mei fu shu
|pei mei fu shu
|měi shì gǎn lǎn qiú|
mei3 shi4 gan3 lan3 qiu2
mei shi gan lan qiu
|mei shih kan lan ch`iu
mei shih kan lan chiu
|měi shǔ sà mó yà|
mei3 shu3 sa4 mo2 ya4
mei shu sa mo ya
|měi lì de gū niang|
mei3 li4 de gu1 niang
mei li de gu niang
|mei li te ku niang
|měi lì de gōng zhǔ|
mei3 li4 de gong1 zhu3
mei li de gong zhu
|mei li te kung chu
|měi lì de líng hún|
mei3 li4 de ling2 hun2
mei li de ling hun
|mei li te ling hun
|měi lì de xīn líng|
mei3 li4 de xin1 ling2
mei li de xin ling
|mei li te hsin ling
|Beautiful Spirit||美しい精神||utsukushi seishin|
|měi lì de nǚ rén|
mei3 li4 de nv3 ren2
mei li de nv ren
|mei li te nü jen
|The Good Life|
|美好的生活||měi hǎo de shēng huó|
mei3 hao3 de sheng1 huo2
mei hao de sheng huo
|mei hao te sheng huo
|Life is Good||生活是美好的||shēng huó shì měi hǎo de|
sheng1 huo2 shi4 mei3 hao3 de
sheng huo shi mei hao de
|sheng huo shih mei hao te
|U.S. Virgin Islands||美屬維爾斯群島|
|měi shǔ wéi ěr sī qún dǎo|
mei3 shu3 wei2 er3 si1 qun2 dao3
mei shu wei er si qun dao
|mei shu wei erh ssu ch`ün tao
mei shu wei erh ssu chün tao
Tao Te Ching Chapter 81
|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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