Meaning

Primary

Three

Word Type

numeral

Explanation

When a vocab is a single kanji and alone like this, it usually steals its meaning from the parent kanji. That goes for this word too, making the meaning of this word three.

Reading

さん
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

When a vocab is alone like this with no okurigana (hiragana attached to the kanji) it usually uses its kun'yomi reading. Numbers are an exception, though, and use the on'yomi reading. You learned the on'yomi reading when you learned this kanji, so you already know that the reading for this vocab is さん.

Context

Pattern of Use

  • 三 + unit

Common Word Combinations

  • 三グラム
    three grams
    三パック
    three packs
    三チーム
    three teams

Context Sentences

このもんだいようしは、ぜんぶで三ページあります。

There are three pages of these questions total.

わたしは三十二さいです。

I’m 32 years old.

三かいまわってワンとほえろ。

Turn around three times and bark!

Kanji Composition