Meaning

Primary

Woman

Alternative

Female

Word Type

noun

Explanation

When a kanji is alone and doesn't have any okurigana (hiragana attached to the kanji) it's usually going to take the same meaning as the kanji it comes from. So in this case, you know that this word means woman.

Reading

おんな
Kyoko
(Tokyo accent, female)
Kenichi
(Tokyo accent, male)

Explanation

When a word is a single kanji with no okurigana (hiragana attached to the kanji) it tends to use a kun'yomi reading. You didn't learn the kun'yomi reading when you learned the kanji itself, so let's use a mnemonic to remember the vocab word.

There's a woman in front of you. Who is she? She's the woman who lives on Ninth (おんな) Street!

Context

Patterns of Use

  • 女〜
  • 女の〜

Common Word Combinations

  • 女どうし
    between women
    女スパイ
    a female spy
    女ともだち
    female friends
  • 女の力
    the power of women
    女のコスメ
    women's cosmetics
    女の人
    a woman

Context Sentences

あの女はだれ?

Who is that woman?

わたしは女です。

I'm a woman.

おれはこどもをせわする女がほしい。

I want a woman who will help look after my children.

Kanji Composition