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初 means 'first'

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Strokes : 7    Frequency: 206   JLPT: N3    Usefulness: 3    Study set: 3-4    Grade: 4   Intermediate lesson: 18    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 215 words   Used in 274 words   Used in 485 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
On
   ショ
Kun
   はつ   うい-   はじ beginning   -ぞ first doing of
Kun    はじめて   -そめる
Name    し   はっ
⿰   () clothes   sword  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 初 is used 22 times, read 4 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 初 is used 262 times, read 6 ways (with 1 variation).
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ショ : 133 words FIND ALL
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'no' adjective, adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
beginning; outset; first; onset
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はつ : 84 words FIND ALL
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'no' adjective, noun (prefix), noun
first; new
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はじ : 16 words FIND ALL
3
adverb, noun
beginning of month
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-ぞ (read as ぞ) : 11 words FIND ALL
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Most common form: 書初
noun
first calligraphy of the year
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-そめる (read as そ) : 9 words FIND ALL
2
auxiliary verb, ichidan verb
to begin to
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うい- (read as うい) : 8 words FIND ALL
0
noun
first campaign; one's first battle
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し: 1 word. FIND ALL
noun
primitive element (of a finite field)  (see also: 有限体; mathematics)
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An additional はじ.め less common words include 初 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 535 (originally: 507)  Joy o' Kanji : 507  Key to Kanji: 512 

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ショ   はつ    うい-    はじ beginning   -ぞ first doing of   
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イ   ころも    きぬ clothes   
トウ   かたな sword   
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