In 大辞泉 what is the meaning of the symbols ㋐㋑㋒㋓㋔?

For example they all appear in this definition:


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    意味・用法の区分を示す標準的な記号としては1 2を用いた。その下位の区分としては㋐㋑を用いた。here
    – aguijonazo
    Oct 14, 2021 at 14:21
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    I’m voting to close this question because it's about a specific dictionary's notations, not about the Japanese language. This would be better answered in chat.
    – istrasci
    Oct 14, 2021 at 16:06
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    @istrasci I think it is a rather common way of having "bullet points" in Japanese. I see no problem with this question.
    – a20
    Oct 14, 2021 at 16:12
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    It’s analogous to 1a, 1b, etc. in English enumeration. They are sub-points.
    – Milten
    Oct 14, 2021 at 18:05

1 Answer 1


Are you able to read the definitions?

The circled numbers are separating broad differences in meaning. The circled katakana are providing subsenses within a particular broad meaning.

This seems to be following pretty standard dictionary practices. Whether in English or Japanese.

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