Meaning

Primary

Three People

Alternative

Three Persons

Word Type

noun

Explanation

You have the kanji for three and person. Common sense will tell you what this word is. It's three people.

Reading

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

Explanation

This is a jukugo (kanji compound) word, which usually means on'yomi readings from the kanji. Since has two on'yomi readings, here's a mnemonic to help you remember which one to use:

Apparently, there are three people working as Santa-san at Nintendo (さんにん)! It's a big company, so obviously they need three Santas.

Context

Pattern of Use

  • 三人の〜

Common Word Combinations

  • 三人のランナー
    three runners
    三人のため
    for the three people, for the three of us
    三人のおじさん
    three middle-aged men

Context Sentences

わたしには、きょうだいが三人います。

I have three siblings.

その川には二、三人しかいませんでした。

There were only two or three people in the river.

三人のうちで、だれがいちばんタイプ?

Out of those three people, which one is your type?

Kanji Composition