丼 means 'bowl of food'

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Strokes : 5    Frequency: 2233   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-43    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 4 words   Used in 21 words   Used in 8 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   どんぶり   どん- bowl of food
A Joy o' Kanji essay is available for 丼 - click the badge to download
Do you primarily associate “donburi” with food? This essay initially punctures that misconception, then plunges into the world of topped rice bowls. Find out what’s in a “viper” rice bowl, a “strangers” rice bowl, and a “civilization” rice bowl. Also see what a “mother-daughter“ rice bowl represents. And learn what a “big serving of the head” means if you order a rice bowl.
The essay is also included in the following Thematic Bundles
Pottery Is Paramount
皿 陶 鉢 丼
In Japanese cuisine, beautiful presentations are paramount, beginning with the pottery. Essay 1650 explains the philosophy of such aesthetics, including the Zen idea that the transformation of clay into teacups is a religion itself. The other three essays provide vocabulary that distinguishes between vessels (dishes, bowls, and cups) of different sizes and depths. Those essays explore the terms donburi, hibachi (not what you might think!), suribachi, and hachimaki. Moreover, those sources show how, from a kanji perspective, the crowns of our heads are upside-down pots or flat dishes, also explaining how one might eat a "big serving of the head"!
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 丼 is used 3 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 丼 is used 19 times, read 2 ways.
どんぶり : 7 words FIND ALL
Most common form: どんぶり
1. porcelain bowl  (this meaning is restricted to reading どんぶり)
2. bowl of rice with food on top  (see also: 丼物; abbreviation)
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どん- (read as どん) : 12 words FIND ALL
rice covered with beef and vegetables
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An additional one less common word includes 丼 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: Joy o' Kanji : 2083  Key to Kanji:

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どんぶり    どん- bowl of food   
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