先 meaning and pronunciation

Simplified/traditional character

先 in English

xiān

  • first
  • early
  • prior
  • former
  • in advance

HSK levels

Components

  • 丿 (piě): oblique
  • (tǔ): earth
  • (er): child

Characters with the same pronunciation

  • : immortal;
  • : cunning; slender;
  • : artful; flattering;
  • : to lift (a lid); to rock; to convulse;
  • : sunrise;
  • : shovel; variant of 鍁|锨[xian1];
  • : xenon (chemistry);
  • : Ormazda, the Sun God of the Zoroastrians and Manicheans; the Sun God;
  • : common rice;
  • : long-grained rice; same as 秈;
  • : Japanese variant of 纖|纤;
  • : fine; delicate; minute;
  • : to manner of dancing; to walk around;
  • : acid radical; -acyl (chemistry);
  • : fish-spear; sharp;
  • : shovel;
  • : wild onions or leeks;
  • : fresh; bright (in color); delicious; tasty; delicacy; aquatic foods;

Sentences examples with 先

  • 习先生怎么样不这儿了?
    Xí xiānshēng zěnme yàng bù zhè'erle?
  • 先生,请问您什么时候开始点菜?
    Xiānshēng, qǐngwèn nín shénme shíhòu kāishǐ diǎn cài?
  • 你饿了吗?先吃块蛋糕吧。
    Nǐ èle ma? Xiān chī kuài dàngāo ba.
  • 我们先坐三站地铁,再走一会儿就到了。
    Wǒmen xiān zuò sān zhàn dìtiě, zài zǒu yīhuǐ'er jiù dàole.
  • 我要先写完作业,然后再看电视。
    Wǒ yào xiān xiě wán zuòyè, ránhòu zài kàn diànshì.

Words containing 先, by HSK level

HSK 1 vocabulary list

HSK 3 vocabulary list

  • (xiān): early; prior; former; in advance; first

HSK 4 vocabulary list

HSK 5 vocabulary list

HSK 6 vocabulary list