Meaning of 先

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Pinyin: xiān
English Definition: early; prior; former; in advance; first
Chinese Definition:

Total strokes: 6; Radical:
Ideographic: Someone stepping in front of another person
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • Left to right
      • [ ] soil, earth; items made of earth
    • [ ér ] son, child
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Example Words:
先生 [ xiān sheng ]: Mister (Mr.)
先生 [ xiān sheng ]: teacher; husband; doctor (dialect); Classifiers:
首先 [ shǒu xiān ]: first (of all); in the first place
事先 [ shì xiān ]: in advance; before the event; beforehand; prior
事先通知 [ shì xiān tōng zhī ]: preliminary notification; to announce in advance
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