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gān qián
ken
Qian Scroll

This can be the Chinese ancient surname Gan or current surname Qian. In Japanese, it can be the surname Nukui, Susumu, Ken, Kan, Kawaki, Kawai, Inute, or Inui.

The meaning of this character varies a lot depending on context. These meanings include dry, clean, foster, adoptive, heaven, male, masculine, enduring, or continual.

The "Gan" version of this character was converted to Simplified Chinese as 干 in 1965. However, the "Qian" pronunciation is not associated with 干. Though to add to the confusion, there is an unrelated Simplified Chinese character 千 that romanizes as "Qian" and is also a surname.

qiān
Qian Scroll

韆 can be a Chinese surname, Qian.

The meaning of this character can be thousand, a large quantity, or a swing.

qián
sen
Money Scroll

錢 is the simplest way to say "money" in Chinese.

It can also mean cash, coins, or currency. It's also a surname, Qian, in China.

銭 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".

金 On the left side of this character is a radical which means "gold" (or metal depending on context).

戋 戔 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" but I take that to mean "raw gold turned into coins".


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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qiān
    qian1
ch`ien
    chien
 yuki
    ゆき
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thousand
(numeric) 1,000; thousand; (female given name) Yuki
sahasra. A thousand.


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qián
    qian2
ch`ien
    chien
 chin
    ちん
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coin; money; CL:筆|笔[bi3]; unit of weight, one tenth of a tael 兩|两[liang3]
(out-dated kanji) (1) hundredth of a yen; (2) coin made of non-precious materials; (3) (obsolete) one-thousandth of a kan (as a unit of currency); (4) (archaism) one-thousandth of a kan (as a unit of mass); (surname) Chin
coin


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qiān
    qian1
ch`ien
    chien
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see 鞦韆|秋千[qiu1 qian1]
See:

前衛


前卫

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qián wèi
    qian2 wei4
ch`ien wei
    chien wei
 zenei / zene
    ぜんえい
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advanced guard; vanguard; avant-garde; forward (soccer position)
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) advance guard; vanguard; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (2) avant-garde (e.g. music); (surname) Maee

抱歉

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bào qiàn
    bao4 qian4
pao ch`ien
    pao chien
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to be sorry; to feel apologetic; sorry!

謙恭


谦恭

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qiān gōng
    qian1 gong1
ch`ien kung
    chien kung
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polite and modest

謙虛


谦虚

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qiān
    qian1 xu1
ch`ien hsü
    chien hsü
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modest; self-effacing; to make modest remarks

謙遜


谦逊

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qiān xùn
    qian1 xun4
ch`ien hsün
    chien hsün
 kenson
    けんそん
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humble; modest; unpretentious; modesty
(adj-na,n,adj-no,vs) humble; humility; modesty; being humble

千里眼

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qiān lǐ yǎn
    qian1 li3 yan3
ch`ien li yen
    chien li yen
 senrigan
    せんりがん
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clairvoyance
(1) clairvoyance; second sight; (2) clairvoyant
clairvoyance

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qiān
    qian1
ch`ien
    chien
 sen
    せん
thousand (banker's anti-fraud numeral)
(numeric) 1,000; thousand; (given name) Sen


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qiàn
    qian4
ch`ien
    chien
(old) like; as

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qiàn
    qian4
ch`ien
    chien
 sen
    せん
pretty; winsome; to ask for sb's help; son-in-law (old)
(adjective) (archaism) good-looking; attractive

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qiàn
    qian4
ch`ien
    chien
servant


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qiān
    qian1
ch`ien
    chien
 sen
all
all

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qiān
    qian1 ke4
ch`ien k`o
    chien ko
kilogram (old); single-character equivalent of 千克[qian1 ke4]

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qián
    qian2
ch`ien
    chien
 mae
    まえ
front; forward; ahead; first; top (followed by a number); future; ago; before; BC (e.g. 前293年); former; formerly
(1) in front (of); before (e.g. a building); (n,adj-no,adv) (2) before; earlier; previously; prior; ago; (minutes) to (the hour); (noun - becomes adjective with の) (3) (the) front; frontal part; fore; head (e.g. of a line); (4) forward; ahead; (5) (in the) presence (of); in front (of someone); (can be adjective with の) (6) previous (e.g. page); prior (e.g. engagement); first (e.g. half); former (e.g. example); (suffix) (7) (after a noun or the -masu stem of a verb) (See 一人前・1) portion; helping; (8) front (of one's body or clothing); breast (of a coat, kimono, etc.); (9) privates; private parts; (10) (colloquialism) criminal record; previous conviction; (a) prior; (personal name) Misaki
pūrva. Before; former, previous; in front.

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qiàn
    qian4
ch`ien
    chien
pouch; hold; content


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qiàn
    qian4
ch`ien
    chien
 sen
moat around a city
a moat [around a castle]

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qián
    qian2
ch`ien
    chien
(Minnan dialect) beside; near; (used in place names)

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qián
    qian2
ch`ien
    chien
planet Venus in the morning

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qiān
    qian1
ch`ien
    chien
name of a mountain

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qián
    qian2
ch`ien
    chien
character used in place names

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qiàn
    qian4
ch`ien
    chien
to inlay; to embed; Taiwan pr. [qian1]

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qiān
    qian1
ch`ien
    chien
flat; level

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qiān
    qian1
ch`ien
    chien
fault; transgression


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qiān
    qian1
ch`ien
    chien
 ken
stingy
matsara; lobha; grudging, sparing, stingy, avaricious; stinginess, parsimony

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qiān
    qian1
ch`ien
    chien
short slender pointed piece of metal, bamboo etc; skewer; prod used to extract samples from sacks of grain etc; (dialect) to stick in; to bolt (a door); to arrange (flowers in a vase); to graft (tree); to pedicure; to peel (an apple etc)

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qián
    qian2
ch`ien
    chien
pliers; pincers; to clamp

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qiān
    qian1
ch`ien
    chien
old variant of 遷|迁[qian1]

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qiān
    qian1
ch`ien
    chien
lead along; substantial

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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
Qian
kengān qián
gan1 / qian2
gan / qian
gan/qian
kan ch`ien
kanchien
kan chien
Qian
qiān / qian1 / qianch`ien / chien
Money錢 / 銭
senqián / qian2 / qianch`ien / chien
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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