Today we are talking about another hanja that is often used regarding family. This character is 寸 [촌] and it is a rather important hanja when talking about Korean family and the concept of kinship. So to Koreans this is character represents a rather important aspect in their culture so let’s give this one a look over.

Hanja #30: 寸 – 마디 촌

The hanja 寸 [촌] represents a very important aspect in Korean culture, the character is used to tell someone the degree of kinship one has with someone else. When you do this you use the character with Sino-Korean numbers. In fact, two of these are rather commonly used: 삼촌 [三寸] (uncle) and 사촌 [寸] (first cousin). In those words you can clearly see how it merely expresses the degree of kinship in Korean between you and those family members.

寸 [촌], however, is not always used in vocabulary that expresses blood relation. Sometimes it is used to express that something is small or little. In a way it is then rather similar to the hanja 小 [소]. However, those uses are bit more infrequent than the kinship use of the character.

If you happen to know any other word you think has this hanja, let us know in the comments.

Our 寸 Vocabulary List

*Meanings written in italics are the meanings when you use the noun as a 하다 verb.

한국어 Meaning 한자어
Degree of kinship
삼촌 (Unmarried) Uncle
사촌 First cousin
Hanja Word Drill: 寸 – 마디 촌
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Hanja Word Drill: 寸 – 마디 촌