宵 means 'early evening'

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Strokes : 10    Frequency: 2296   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-44    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 13 words   Used in 29 words   Used in 37 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
   よい early evening
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This essay shines a light on nighttime, the hidden part of the day. See why one term for "nightfall" includes the mouth kanji . Find out which flower people associate with waiting—often for men who don't show. Discover the bad habits of Edo residents. And learn to say, "The night is still young," "I'm sure there are lots of night owls in the IT world," and "Soon evening will come."
The essay is also included in the following Thematic Bundles
Windows of Time
午 更 宵 旦
Rock around the clock with these four kanji. They might seem to represent mere points in a 24-hour stretch. But as 午 appears in terms for "morning" and "afternoon," it applies to a large chunk of the day. Then 宵 takes over, generally meaning "early evening" but also sometimes "evening." We find 更 in terms for the ancient Chinese system of night watches that ran from about 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Night ends with dawn (旦). These multipurpose kanji also symbolize parts of the year, from New Year's (旦) to late autumn (更).
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 宵 is used 2 times, read 2 ways.
Across all words in Japanese, 宵 is used 27 times, read 2 ways.
ショウ : 9 words FIND ALL
all night; without sleep
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よい : 18 words FIND ALL
adverbial noun (fukushitekimeishi), noun (temporal) (jisoumeishi)
evening; early night hours
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An additional 2 less common words include 宵 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1396  Joy o' Kanji : 1396  Key to Kanji:

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ショウ   よい early evening   
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ショウ    resemble   
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ガツ   ゲツ   つき month; moon   
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