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音読み (おんよみ): チュウ

訓読み (くんよみ): なか

部首 (ぶしゅ):丨(たてぼう)

Meaning: middle, center, inside

Notes:

お中元

おちゅうげん
originally a day of giving gifts to ancestral spirits, this day, July 15th, along with お歳暮 (おせいぼ)in December, when gifts are given to one’s superiors.

中休み

なかやすみ
rest, recess– particularly when one is in the middle of doing something

〜中

〜ちゅう
kanji that proceeds 中 often means something like “in the middle of, in the midst of, or in the process of doing ____”. This is one of the most common uses of 中, and you see it everywhere (this list could go on and on):

準備中

じゅんびちゅう
making preparations, usually to open a store or restaurant for the day

“setting up lunch #1291” from Flickr member Nemo’s great uncle (Click image to enlarge.  Original image is here.)

作動中

さどうちゅう
“in operation” as seen in the sign below, which signifies a place under video surveillance.  Note that similar signs might also use 稼働中 (かどうちゅう), with a similar meaning.

“‘These premises under video surveillance’ #1213” from Flickr member Nemo’s great uncle (Click image to enlarge.  Original image is here.)

閉鎖中

へいさちゅう
temporarily closed

“closed for performance #1251” from Flickr member Nemo’s great uncle.  (Click image to enlarge.  Original is here.)

 

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Kanji originally posted 2009.12.14 8:16

Part or all of English definition is from  KANJIDIC — property of the Electronic Dictionary Research and Development Group, used in conformance with the Group’s licenceDonate to the WWWJDIC project. Stroke order diagrams licensed from Kanji Cafe.
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Written by bunkalearner

2010/07/15 at 8:16 am

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