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n. character; pronunciation (of a word or character); name; receipt, IOU; wording; style of calligraphy; scripts
Other meanings
[zì]   n. courtesy name, second name
[zì]   char. (lit., of a girl) to be engaged, to be betrothed to
    child (for )
    roof (for )
 n/a 
Simplified stroke orders are based on the 'Standard of National Commonly-used Mandarin Chinese Characters (现代汉语通用字笔顺规范)', issued by the China National Language and Character Working Committee (国家语言文字工作委员会) on April 7th 1997. Traditional stroke orders are based on information issued by the Taiwan Ministry of Education.
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hàn zì
n. Chinese character
qiān zì
v. sign or initial with your name
shù zì
n. number, numeral, digit
fán tǐ zì
n. traditional Chinese characters
zì huà
n. calligraphy and painting
jián tǐ zì
n. simplified Chinese characters
zì zhèng qiāng yuán
idiom. (of singing or speaking) with clear articulation and a mellow and full tune
zì tiè
n. copybook (for calligraphy)
yǎo zì
v. to enunciate, to articulate
zì jù
n. contract, written pledge, IOU