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Meaning of 姓

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Pinyin: xìng
English Definition: family name; surname; Classifiers: ; to be surnamed
Chinese Definition:
①表明家族的字:姓氏。姓名。贵姓(询问对方姓氏的敬辞)。
②平民:万姓。老百姓。

Total strokes: 8; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (woman) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
  • Left to right
    • [ ] woman, girl; female
    • [ shēng ] life, lifetime; birth; growth
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Example Words:
老百姓 [ lǎo bǎi xìng ]: ordinary people; the "person in the street"; Classifiers:
百姓 [ bǎi xìng ]: common people
姓名 [ xìng míng ]: surname and given name; full name
姓氏 [ xìng shì ]: family name
只许州官放火,不许百姓点灯 [ zhǐ zhōu guān fàng huǒ , bǎi xìng diǎn dēng ]: only the official is allowed to light the fire; Gods may do what cattle may not; quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi
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