The Chinese character 车

And its meaning component form


  1. car
  2. vehicle

车 is both a character and a character component

Everything you need to know about the Chinese character component 车 car in an easily downloadable and sharable image

can be used as a meaning component in a Chinese character. You’ll find 车 in characters and words related directly or indirectly to vehicles, and to military affairs.

These characters all contain 车 and have a direct link with vehicles:


to change direction, to turn




to convey; to carry


The character component 车 can also be found in words that aren’t directly related to vehicles.

The meaning component  车 can be found in Chinese characters and words that are related to vehicles, which makes sense. You can also find the meaning component car in characters that are less directly related to vehicles, either because their meaning has evolved over time, or because it used to involve vehicles before and no longer does.

Chinese characters
related to vehicles

You can also find the character component 车 used in other words like:

lián: even, to link, to connect

kù: warehouse, storage

 hōng: explosion, bang

You’ll also find the meaning component 车 for vehicles in many other Chinese characters. Browse the full list here. 

All 80,000+ Chinese characters share the same character components. Chinese character components are therefore essential for Chinese learners: they are the building blocks of Chinese. Chinese character components help tremendously with understanding a character: they provide information on its meaning or on its pronunciation. In short, knowing character components will help you analyse, learn and remember each Chinese character much better.

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NinchaneseChinese Character Component 车 vehicles (meaning)