Meaning and pronunciation of 一

Simplified/traditional character


  • one (1)
  • single
  • a (article)
  • as soon as
  • entire
  • whole
  • all
  • throughout
  • 'one' radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 1)
  • also pr. [yao1] for greater clarity when spelling out numbers digit by digit

HSK levels


  • (yī): one

Characters with the same pronunciation

  • : to depend on; to comply with or listen to sb; according to; in the light of;
  • : medical; medicine; doctor; to cure; to treat;
  • : to dress; to wear; to put on (clothes);

Sentences examples with 一

  • 他吃一点。
    Tā chī yīdiǎn.
  • 我的医生是一个好人。
    Wǒ de yīshēng shì yīgè hǎorén.
  • 我卖了一百件衣服
    Wǒ màile yībǎi jiàn yīfú
  • 我穿过房间看见一个女人。
    wǒ chuānguò fángjiān kànjiàn yīgè nǚrén.
  • 我们准备一起再玩(儿)一小时。
    Wǒmen zhǔnbèi yīqǐ zài wán (er) yī xiǎoshí.

Words containing 一, by HSK level

HSK 1 vocabulary list

  • (): one; 1; single; a (article); as soon as; entire; whole; all; throughout; 'one' radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 1)
  • 一点儿 (yī diǎn er): a little (bit)

HSK 2 vocabulary list

  • 第一 (dì yī): first; number one
  • 一下 (yī xià ): (used after a verb) give it a go; to do (sth for a bit to give it a try); one time; once; in a while; all of a sudden; all at once;
  • 一起 (yì qǐ): together; in the same place; with; altogether (in total)

HSK 3 vocabulary list

HSK 5 vocabulary list

HSK 6 vocabulary list