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Chinese Character Bites – #13 – 大

Our character for today is 大

In simplified Chinese characters: 大
In traditional Chinese characters: 大
(It’s the same in both traditional and simplified Chinese characters)


This character is pronounced dà in the 4th tone,

except in a couple of specific words like 大夫 dàifu (a word for doctor in mainland China).

What it means:

大 means big, large, great

Let’s break it down:

A pictographic representation of a person standing with their arms stretched out, signifying a large expanse, or ‘big’.