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
首先 shǒu xiān first (of all); in the first place
先进 xiān jìn advanced (technology); to advance
先后 xiān hòu early or late; priority; in succession; one after another
率先 shuài xiān to take the lead; to show initiative
领先 lǐng xiān to lead; to be in front
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