Kanji History

center, pivot, main, principal, master, owner, one's husband.


Is a picture of a lit candlestick. Since the flame remains in place and doesn't spread around, this kanji was also used to indicate the idea of:"remains the in same place". The head of household is like candles flame, he's the center around which the family orbits. Hence, 主 later started carrying these meanings: master, head of household and host etc.

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