How many Chinese characters are there in the world? I'm not sure there is a fixed answer, so you can tell me how many Chinese characters there are roughly. I will be very grateful for any answers.

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    Besides knowing how many "characters" there are, it should be noted that each character, (like words in any language) has more than one meaning. Thus the "meanings" attached to the characters far exceed the characters themselves, without even considering "compounds". Commented Sep 25, 2022 at 4:04
  • @WayneCheah, yes you are right.
    – My Car
    Commented Sep 25, 2022 at 4:05
  • There seems to be no fixed answer…
    – My Car
    Commented Sep 25, 2022 at 4:30
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    There are tons of weird, never-used characters in the Extended CJK part of Unicode.
    – Lily White
    Commented Sep 25, 2022 at 12:36
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    @Becky 李蓓 Stupid act. Erase all, people still can read it. I don't really think you are qualified as a moderator though.
    – r13
    Commented Sep 29, 2022 at 22:34

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One of the largest Chinese character database “CNS11643中文標準交換碼全字庫” has a page which mentioned some figures:








Total is: 108,633

A simple answer to your question is: more than a lakh.

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