wǎng monarch

Used as component in : ; huáng ; wǎng
Similar looking characters : (jade)
Made with 4 strokes.
Probably a picture of an ancient ax, but others say that the lines for heaven, man and earth are linked by a vertical line to represent the unifying/controlling influence of the king or monarch. Also a common family name.
Ancient small seal form Small seal

Sounds same

wǎng (net) wǎng (net) wǎng (towards)

Different tone

wāng (lame) wáng (to die) wàng (to forget) wàng (absurd)

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stroke order for 王
Stroke order for character 王, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license


王维 Wang Wei
王莽 Wang Mang
王羲之 Wang Xizhi


王顾左右而言他 wáng gù zuǒ yòu ér yán tā Evading making an uncomfortable reply by changing the topic of conversation. The story is of Mencius who asked three questions of the king of Qi, when the last question touched on the king's mismanagement of the kingdom, the king looked left and right to other guests to dodge making a response