The name Emperor in Chinese / Japanese...

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Emperor Scroll

皇 is the simple, single-character way to write emperor in Chinese and Japanese.

See Also:  Empress | King | Queen

 huáng dì
Emperor Scroll

皇帝 means emperor in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean.

From times of old, the emperors of Asia ruled under the authority of God himself. One definition of an emperor is a ruler put in power by God. This definition separates emperors from the various kings in Chinese history (although defining who is a king versus an emperor gets vague sometimes).

Occasionally, the emperor's wife was widowed, and she took the role of an empress until her death (see our entry for empress if that is what you are looking for).

See Also:  Empress | King | Queen

Emperor of Japan

 tiān huáng
 ten nou
Emperor of Japan Scroll

天皇 is the title of the Emperor of Japan.

This title is used in China, Korea, and Japan to refer specifically to the Emperor of Japan.

Dragon / Emperor Symbol

 ryuu / tatsu
Dragon / Emperor Symbol Scroll

竜 is an alternate form of the dragon.

Still pronounced the same in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

This particular Kanji is often associated as an imperial symbol as well as representing the mythical Asian dragon. You may have seen it on the chest or flag of the emperor in old Japanese and Chinese movies.

Note: I would rate this as a non-universal alternate form. The other dragon character is by far more common, and universally understood.

We strongly recommend symbol of dragon if you are looking for the symbol of dragon.

See Also:  Phoenix | King

Grace / Favor

 ēn chǒng
 on chou
Grace / Favor Scroll

恩寵 means grace or favor in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

In ancient China, this was a special favor bestowed by a ruler. It could also be the Emperor's generosity towards a favorite person or concubine.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Qin / Chin
to respect; to admire; to venerate; by the emperor himself
(personal name) Makoto
Imperial; to respect, reverence.

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emperor; old variant of 惶[huang2]
(prefix) (archaism) (honorific or respectful language) divine; imperial; (female given name) Miyuki

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Qin / Chin / Tan / Yasushi
surname Qin; Qin dynasty (221-207 BC) of the first emperor 秦始皇[Qin2 Shi3 huang2]; abbr. for 陝西|陕西[Shan3 xi1]
(hist) Qin dynasty (of China; 221-207 BCE); Ch'in dynasty; (surname) Yasushi
a fine strain of rice

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The Saint
holy; sacred; saint; sage
(1) highly virtuous monk; (2) (honorific or respectful language) monk; (3) Buddhist solitary; (4) (See 高野聖・1) Buddhist missionary; (5) saint (i.e. a virtuous person); (6) (archaism) (honorific or respectful language) emperor; (7) (in form 〜の聖) master; expert; (female given name) Mina
ārya; sādhu; a sage; wise and good; upright, or correct in all his character; sacred, holy, saintly.


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Grace from Heaven / Grace from God
blessings of heaven; favour of emperor; favor of emperor; divination's luckiest day; blessings of nature


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tiān huáng
    tian1 huang2
t`ien huang
    tien huang
 tennou / tenno

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Emperor of Japan
Heavenly Sovereign, one of the three legendary sovereigns 三皇[san1 huang2]; emperor; emperor of Japan
Emperor of Japan; (place-name) Tennou
Deva-king; the Tang monk 道悟 Daowu of the 天皇 Tianhuang monastery at 荊州 Jingzhou.


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fū ren
    fu1 ren5
fu jen
 fujin(p); bunin(ok); hashikashi(ok)
    ふじん(P); ぶにん(ok); はしかし(ok)

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lady; madam; Mrs.; CL:位[wei4]
(1) (ふじん, はしかし only) (honorific or respectful language) wife; Mrs; madam; (2) (ふじん only) (archaism) wife of a nobleman (aristocrat, etc.); (3) (ふじん, ぶにん only) (archaism) consort of the emperor
A wife; the wife of a king, i. e. a queen, devi.



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ēn chǒng
    en1 chong3
en ch`ung
    en chung
 onchou / oncho

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Grace / Favor
special favor from a ruler; Emperor's generosity towards a favorite
grace; favour; favor


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hǎi shén
    hai3 shen2
hai shen

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Neptune / Poseidon
Emperor of the Sea; Neptune
sea god; Poseidon; Neptune; (female given name) Watatsumi


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huáng dì
    huang2 di4
huang ti
 koutei(p); oudai(ok) / kote(p); odai(ok)
    こうてい(P); おうだい(ok)

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emperor; CL:個|个[ge4]
(honorific or respectful language) emperor



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shèng dàn
    sheng4 dan4
sheng tan

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Christmas; birthday of reigning Emperor; Confucius' birthday
emperor's birthday



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sū dān
    su1 dan1
su tan
 suudan / sudan

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Sudan; sultan (ruler of some Muslim states, esp. Ottoman Emperor)
(ateji / phonetic) (kana only) Sudan


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chī yóu
    chi1 you2
ch`ih yu
    chih yu
 shiyuu / shiyu

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God of Warcraft
Chiyou, legendary tribal leader who was defeated and killed by the Yellow Emperor 黃帝|黄帝[Huang2 di4]
(archaism) Chinese god of war



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xiè ēn
    xie4 en1
hsieh en

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to thank sb for favor (esp. emperor or superior official)
(n,vs,vi) (expression of) gratitude

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yes (used by Emperor or ruler); OK; to accede; to assent

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trusted; intimate; (of the emperor) to visit; variant of 幸[xing4]
(female given name) Yuki

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high ranking official (old); term of endearment between spouses (old); (from the Tang Dynasty onwards) term used by the emperor for his subjects (old); honorific (old)
(pronoun) (1) (honorific or respectful language) (masculine speech) (archaism) (used to address someone of equal or lower status) you; (pronoun) (2) (honorific or respectful language) (archaism) (used by a ruler to address a subject) you; (given name) Akira

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variant of 堯|尧, legendary emperor Yao, c. 2200 BC; embankment

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to dawdle; the name of the father of the Emperor Yao

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dà zhèng
    da4 zheng4
ta cheng
Taishō, Japanese era name, corresponding to the reign (1912-1926) of emperor Yoshihito 嘉仁[Jia1 ren2]
(hist) Taishō era (1912.7.30-1926.12.25); Taisho era; (personal name) Hiromasa

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to play music; to achieve; to present a memorial to the emperor (old)
(See 奏する・そうする・1) report to the emperor; (female given name) Melody

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surname Wa; sister of legendary emperor Fu Xi 伏羲

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to collapse; to fall into ruins; death of king or emperor; demise
(female given name) Nadare

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emperor (of Japan); mikado; (female given name) Mikado
Ruler, sovereign; translit. t.

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píng chéng
    ping2 cheng2
p`ing ch`eng
    ping cheng
 heisei / hese
Heisei, Japanese era name, corresponding to the reign (1989-2019) of emperor Akihito 明仁[Ming2 ren2]
Heisei era (1989.1.8-2019.4.30); (place-name) Heisei

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míng zhì
    ming2 zhi4
ming chih
 meiji / meji
Meiji, Japanese era name, corresponding to the reign (1868-1912) of the Meiji emperor
(hist) Meiji era (1868.9.8-1912.7.30); (p,s,g) Meiji

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zhāo hé
    zhao1 he2
chao ho
Shōwa, Japanese era name, corresponding to the reign (1925-1989) of emperor Hirohito 裕仁[Yu4 ren2]
(1) (hist) Shōwa era (1926.12.25-1989.1.7); (adjectival noun) (2) (colloquialism) reminiscent of the Shōwa era; Shōwa-nostalgic; old-fashioned; quaint; old-school; (given name) Terukazu

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beginning; first day of lunar month; north
(1) {astron} new moon; (2) first day of the lunar month; (3) (hist) next year's calendar and decrees (in ancient China; distributed by the Emperor at year's end); (given name) Hajime

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(used by an emperor or king) I; me; we (royal "we"); (literary) omen
(pronoun) (dated) (first person pronoun used by the Emperor) We

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variant of 檗[bo4]
oak; daimyo oak; Japanese emperor oak; Quercus dentata; (surname, given name) Haku
Cypress, cedar, Arbor vitae.

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Emperorkou / kohuáng / huang2 / huang
Emperor皇帝koutei / koteihuáng dì / huang2 di4 / huang di / huangdihuang ti / huangti
Emperor of Japan天皇ten nou / tennou / ten notiān huáng
tian1 huang2
tian huang
t`ien huang
tien huang
Emperor Symbol
ryuu / tatsu
ryu / tatsu
lóng / long2 / longlung
on chou / onchou / on choēn chǒng / en1 chong3 / en chong / enchongen ch`ung / enchung / en chung
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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