Ran across this line ㊙︎DVD, with the 秘 encircled. Do any of you know what this might mean?


2 Answers 2


This is a common abbreviation style to suggest a certain phrase by enclosing a single kanji in the word. Some frequently used symbols are now officially available on the computer (see 1, 2) due to typographical needs.

In this case,

㊙︎ = 秘密【ひみつ】 = "secret, confidential, classified" (often in ads or catch lines)

It can be read aloud 丸秘【まるひ】 "circle(d) ひ". The formal typographical name is 丸囲み【まるかこみ】秘. This character can also be used as an emoji (㊙️).

Others include:

  • ㊐㊊㊋㊌㊍㊎㊏: days of week (Sun, Mon, ... Sat)
  • ㊤㊥㊦: part I, II and III of trilogy works

There are unencoded but famous ones including マル暴, which is originally a police jargon associated with 暴力団【ぼうりょくだん】 or yakuza.

enter image description here

  • Thanks a lot! I supposed that was it, but I wasn't sure Commented Feb 19, 2017 at 15:50

The ㊙︎DVD actually means Secret DVD or confidential DVD.


You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .