Meaning of 九

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Pinyin: jiǔ
English Definition: nine; 9
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Total strokes: 2; Radical:
Pictographic: An elbow
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Example Words
九州 jiǔ zhōu division of China during earliest dynasties; fig. ancient China; Kyūshū, southernmost of Japan's four major islands
十之八九 shí zhī jiǔ most likely; mostly (in 8 or 9 cases out of 10); vast majority
九死一生 jiǔ shēng nine deaths and still alive (idiom); a narrow escape; new lease of life
三教九流 sān jiào jiǔ liú the Three Religions (Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism) and Nine Schools (Confucians, Daoists, Yin-Yang, Legalists, Logicians, Mohists, Political Strategists, Eclectics, Agriculturists); fig. people from all trades (often derog.)
九霄云外 jiǔ xiāo yún wài beyond the topmost clouds (idiom); unimaginably far away
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Example Sentences
Today is September 1st.
We will have a meeting at 9:30.
He is already ninety years old.
The weather begins to cool in September.
I watched TV at nine o'clock in the evening.