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Meaning of 先

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Pinyin: xiān
English Definition: early; prior; former; in advance; first
Chinese Definition:
①时间在前的,次序在前的,与“后”相对:先前。先期。原先。先驱。先河(中国古代帝王先祭黄河,后祭海,以河为海的本源,后称倡导在先的事物)。先觉。先见之明。先发制人。
②家族或民族的较早的一代或几代:先人。先世(祖先)。先民。
③对死去的人的尊称:先祖。先父。先哲(指已去世的有才德的思想家)。先烈。先贤。
④姓氏。

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Total strokes: 6; Radical:
Ideographic: Someone stepping 止 in front of another person 儿
Character Formation:
  • Above to below
    • Left to right
      • soil, earth; items made of earth
    • son, child
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Example Words:
先进 [ xiān jìn ]: advanced (technology); to advance
预先 [ xiān ]: beforehand; in advance
优先 [ yōu xiān ]: to have priority; to take precedence
原先 [ yuán xiān ]: originally; original; former
先前 [ xiān qián ]: before; previously
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