guó country; kingdom

Made up of [ jade , wéi proud; enclosure; upright radical 31]
Alternative traditional form of character:
Made with 8 strokes.
Originally contained land, mouth and spear to represent a defended land. The interior has been simplified to contain a piece of jade, also representing the ruler.
Ancient small seal form Small seal

Related characters

Also uses component: bǎo (jewel)
Also uses wéi component: (hard) huí (to circle) miàn (face) (four) yuán (park) zhōng (centre)

Different tone

guō (pot) guǒ (fruit) guò (past)

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stroke order for 国
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华国锋 Hua Guofeng
国姓爷 Guoxingye
曾国藩 Zeng Guofan


倾城倾国 qīng chéng qīng guó Overwhelm the entire area. Usually applied to a woman of outstanding beauty.


中国 zhōng guó China
měi guó America
fǎ guó France
yīng guó England