Definition 2023

U+306E, の



simp. and trad.


  1. (Taiwan, Hong Kong) Nonstandard form of .

Pronunciation 2


  1. (Taiwan, Hong Kong) Nonstandard form of .

Usage notes

Not used in a running Chinese text in any region. It may be used as a shorthand, or to achieve visual, Japanese-style effect such as on signs, book titles, pamphlet covers or signboards. Compare faux Cyrillic.



Stroke order


  • IPA(key): [no̞]

Etymology 1

Derived in the Heian period from writing the man'yōgana kanji in the cursive sōsho style.


(romaji no)

  1. The hiragana syllable (no). Its equivalent in katakana is (no). It is the twenty-fifth syllable in the gojūon order; its position is (na-gyō o-dan, row na, section o).
See also

Etymology 2

/no2/ *[nə] → /no/ [no].


(romaji no)

  1. genitive case marker
    1. indicates possession: of, -'s
       (わたし)意見 (いけん)
      watashi no iken
      my opinion
    2. indicates identity or apposition
      大統領 (だいとうりょう)ブッシュ ()
      daitōryō no busshu-shi
      the President, Mr. Bush
      山田 (やまだ)馬鹿野郎 (ばかやろう)
      Yamada no bakayarō!
      Yamada, you stupid jerk!
    3. a noun modifier
      数学 (すうがく)分野 (ぶんや)
      sūgaku no bun'ya
      the field of mathematics
       (みどり) (くるま)
      midori no kuruma
      green car
  2. nominative case marker in a relative clause
    眉毛 (まゆげ) () (ひと)
    mayuge no koi hito
    a man whose eyebrow is thick
    • is interchangeable with in this usage.
  3. a sentence ending that indicates emphasis or a question, depending on intonation
    不可能 (ふかのう)じゃない
    Fukanō ja nai no?
    Isn't it impossible?
    Kīten no?
    Are you listening?
  4. Nominalizes an adjective, verb, or phrase
     ()べる大好 (だいす)きだ。
    Taberu no wa daisuki da.
    I like eating very much.
Usage notes
  • Historically written using kanji as or .

Kanji reading

(romaji no)

  1. : field
  2. : express, tell