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愛 universally means love in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, old Korean Hanja, and old Vietnamese.

愛 is one of the most recognized Asian symbols in the west and is often seen on tee-shirts, coffee mugs, tattoos, and more.

愛 can also be defined as affection, to be fond of, to like, or to be keen on. It often refers to romantic love, and is found in phrases like, "I love you". But in Chinese, one can say, "I love that movie" using this character as well.

This can also be a pet-name or part of a pet-name in the way we say "dear" or "honey" in English.

More about this character:

This may be hard to imagine as a westerner but the strokes at the top of this love character symbolize family & marriage.

心The symbol in the middle is a little easier to identify. It is the character for "heart" (it can also mean "mind" or "soul"). I guess you can say that no matter if you are from the East or the West, you must put your heart into your love.

友The strokes at the bottom create a modified character that means "friend" or "friendship."

I suppose you could say that the full meaning of this love character is to love your family, spouse, and friends with all of your heart, since all three elements exist in this character.

See Also:  I Love You | Caring | Benevolence | Friendliness | Double Happiness Happy Marriage Wall Scroll

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

Best Love / Most Sincere Love Scroll

最愛 is a Japanese word that means the best love, beloved, or most sincere love of your life.

This could be a romantic love such as the love you have for your spouse or a boyfriend/girlfriend.

It can also apply to the extreme love you have for your children or a parent, and maybe a really good friend.

Best Love / Most Sincere Love

zhì ài
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至愛 can mean the best love or most sincere love of your life.

This could be a romantic love such as the love you have for your spouse or a boyfriend / girlfriend.

It can also apply to the extreme love you have for your children or a parent, and maybe a really good friend.

See Also:  I Love You

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
aiài / ai4 / ai
Best Love
Most Sincere Love
Best Love
Most Sincere Love
zhì ài / zhi4 ai4 / zhi ai / zhiaichih ai / chihai
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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qiè / qie4
ch`ieh / chieh
 setsu / せつ
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definitely; absolutely (not); (scoffing or dismissive interjection) Yeah, right.; Tut!; to grind; close to; eager; to correspond to; see also 反切[fan3 qie4]
(noun or adjectival noun) (1) (See 切に,切なる) eager; earnest; ardent; kind; keen; acute; (interjection) (2) (abbreviation) (also きり) (See 切る・3) OFF (on switch)
To cut, carve; a whole; urgent; the 反切 system of spelling, i. e. the combination of the initial sound of one Chinese word with the final sound of another to indicate the sound of a third, a system introduced by translators of Buddhist works; v. 反; to cut



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rè xīn / re4 xin1
je hsin
 nesshin / ねっしん
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enthusiasm; zeal; zealous; zest; enthusiastic; ardent; warmhearted
(noun or adjectival noun) zealous; enthusiastic; ardent; fervent; keen; eager

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/ li4
 ri / り
sharp; favorable; advantage; benefit; profit; interest; to do good to; to benefit
advantage; benefit; profit; interest; (surname) Ri
paṭu, tīkṣṇa; sharp, keen, clever; profitable, beneficial; gain, advantage; interest.


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chǎng / chang3
ch`ang / chang
sharp; a keen edge; sharp point


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èr gēn / er4 gen1
erh ken
The two "roots" or natural powers. (1) (a) 利根 keen, able (in the religion); (b) 鈍根 dull. (2) (a) 正根; 勝義根The power or ability which uses the sense organs to discern the truth; (b) 扶根; 扶 (or浮) 塵根the sense organs 五根 as aids. (3) The male and female sexual organs; two faculties


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 keien / keen / けいえん (given name) Keien


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 shunbin / しゅんびん (noun or adjectival noun) quick-witted and agile; keen and nimble


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 setsujitsu / せつじつ (noun or adjectival noun) (1) earnest; sincere; acute; keen; fervent; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) pressing; urgent; serious; severe; (noun or adjectival noun) (3) pertinent; appropriate


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 toshi / とし (adj-ku) (1) (archaism) sharp; (2) (archaism) intense; strong; powerful; (3) (archaism) quick; rapid; fast; (4) (archaism) keen; sharp; clever


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lì zhì / li4 zhi4
li chih
 richi / りち
(personal name) Richi
Keen intelligence, wisdom, discrimination; pāṭava; sharp cognition



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lì biàn / li4 bian4
li pien
Sharp and keen discrimination, or ratiocination, one of the seven characteristics 七種辯 of the bodhisattva; sharp discernment



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huà yuán / hua4 yuan2
hua yüan
(of a monk) to beg
The cause of a Buddha's or bodhisattva's coming to the world, i. e. the transformation of the living; also, a contribution to the needs of the community; transformation of the environment


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zuǐ jiān / zui3 jian1
tsui chien
sharp-tongued; to have a keen sense of taste; to be picky about one's food


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jiān lì / jian1 li4
chien li
sharp; keen; cutting; shrill; piercing


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jí yù / ji2 yu4
chi yü
to be keen to ...; to be anxious to ...



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ài hào / ai4 hao4
ai hao
 aikou / aiko / あいこう
to like; to take pleasure in; keen on; fond of; interest; hobby; appetite for; CL:個|个[ge4]
(noun/participle) love; adoration; (female given name) Mai


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huì yǎn / hui4 yan3
hui yen
 keigan / kegan / けいがん
an all-seeing mind; mental perception; insight; acumen
(noun or adjectival noun) discerning (quick) eye; keen insight
The wisdom-eye that sees all things as unreal; wisdom eye


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 keien / keen / けいえん (given name) Keien


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 toshi / とし (adj-ku) (1) (archaism) sharp; (2) (archaism) intense; strong; powerful; (3) (archaism) quick; rapid; fast; (4) (archaism) keen; sharp; clever


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 toshi / とし (adj-ku) (1) (archaism) sharp; (2) (archaism) intense; strong; powerful; (3) (archaism) quick; rapid; fast; (4) (archaism) keen; sharp; clever



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mǐn ruì / min3 rui4
min jui
keen; sharp; acute


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 keien / keen / けいえん (noun/participle) (1) pretending to respect someone while in fact staying distant; keeping at arm's length; giving a wide berth; (noun/participle) (2) avoiding (something unpleasant); shying away from; (noun/participle) (3) {baseb} giving the batter an "intentional walk"


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wén shū / wen2 shu1
wen shu
 Monju / もんじゅ
Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of keen awareness
(Buddhist term) Manjushri; Manjusri; Bodhisattva that represents transcendent wisdom; (p,s,f) Monju
(文殊師利) Mañjuśrī 滿殊尸利 -later 曼殊室利. 文殊 is also used for Mañjunātha, Mañjudeva, Mañjughoṣa, Mañjuṣvara, et al. T., hjamdpal; J., Monju. Origin unknown; presumably, like most Buddhas and bodhisattvas, an idealization of a particular quality, in his case of Wisdom. Mañju is beautiful, Śrī; good fortune, virtue, majesty, lord, an epithet of a god. Six definitions are obtained from various scriptures: 妙首 (or 頭 ) wonderful or beautiful) head; 普首 universal head; 濡首 glossy head (probably a transliteration); 敬首 revered head; 妙德 wonderful virtue (or power); 妙吉祥 wonderfully auspicious; the last is a later translation in the 西域記. As guardian of wisdom 智慧 he is often placed on Śākyamuni's left, with 普顯 on the right as guardian of law 理, the latter holding the Law, the former the wisdom or exposition of it; formerly they held the reverse positions. He is often represented with five curls or waves to his hair indicating the 五智 q. v. or the five peaks; his hand holds the sword of wisdom and he sits on a lion emblematic of its stern majesty: but he has other forms. He is represented as a youth, i. e. eternal youth. His present abode is given as east of the universe, known as 淸涼山 clear and cool mountain, or a region 寶住 precious abode, or Abode of Treasures, or 寶氏 from which he derives one of his titles, 寶相如來. One of his dhāraṇīs prophesies China as his post-nirvāṇa realm. In past incarnations he is described as being the parent of many Buddhas and as having assisted the Buddha into existence; his title was 龍種上佛 the supreme Buddha of the nāgas, also 大身佛 or 神仙佛; now his title is 歡喜藏摩尼寶精佛 The spiritual Buddha who joyfully cares for the jewel: and his future title is to be 普現佛 Buddha universally revealed. In the 序品 Introductory Chapter of the Lotus Sutra he is also described as the ninth predecessor or Buddha-ancestor of Śākyamuni. He is looked on as the chief of the Bodhisattvas and represents them, as the chief disciple of the Buddha, or as his son 法王子. Hīnayāna counts Śāriputra as the wisest of the disciples, Mahāyāna gives Mañjuśrī the chief place, hence he is also styled 覺母 mother, or begetter of understanding. He is shown riding on either a lion or a peacock, or sitting on a white lotus; often he holds a book, emblem of wisdom, or a blue lotus; in certain rooms of a monastery he is shown as a monk; and he appears in military array as defender of the faith. His signs, magic words, and so on, are found in various sutras. His most famous centre in China is Wu-tai shan in Shansi. where he is the object of pilgrimages, especially of Mongols. The legends about him are many. He takes the place in Buddhism of Viśvakarman as Vulcan, or architect, of the universe. He is one of the eight Dhyāni-bodhisattvas, and sometimes has the image of Akṣobhya in his crown. He was mentioned in China as early as the fourth century and in the Lotus Sutra he frequently appears, especially as the converter of the daughter of the Dragon-king of the Ocean. He has five messengers 五使者 and eight youths 八童子 attending on him. His hall in the Garbhadhātu maṇḍala is the seventh, in which his group numbers twenty-five. His position is northeast. There are numerous sutras and other works with his name as title, e. g. 文殊師利問菩提經 Gayaśīrṣa sūtra, tr. by Kumārajīva 384-417: and its 論 or .Tīkā of Vasubandhu, tr. by Bodhiruci 535. see list in B. N; Mañjuśrī


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 hayamimi / はやみみ (noun - becomes adjective with の) insider; keen of hearing; quick-eared; sharp-eared


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míng lì / ming2 li4
ming li
 myōri / めいり
(surname) Meiri
Clear and keen (to penetrate all mystery); acuity


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 keien / keen / けいえん (personal name) Keien


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 keien / keen / けいえん (given name) Keien


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qiú zhī / qiu2 zhi1
ch`iu chih / chiu chih
anxious to learn; keen for knowledge


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 katsugan / かつがん keen or piercing eye


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xī lì / xi1 li4
hsi li
 sairi / さいり
sharp; incisive; penetrating
(noun or adjectival noun) sharp; keen

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