at first; (at the) beginning; first; junior; basic

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阿初佛 阿初佛 a1 chu1 fo2
erroneous variant of 阿閦佛, Aksobhya, the imperturbable ruler of Eastern Paradise, Abhirati

本初子午线 本初子午線 ben3 chu1 zi3 wu3 xian4
the first meridian; the prime meridian

初步 初步 chu1 bu4
initial; preliminary; tentative

初步设想 初步設想 chu1 bu4 she4 xiang3
tentative idea

初潮 初潮 chu1 chao2

初出茅庐 初出茅廬 chu1 chu1 mao2 lu2
venturing from one's thatched hut for the first time (idiom); young and inexperienced; novice; greenhorn

初创 初創 chu1 chuang4
startup (company, phase etc); newly established; in the early stages

初创公司 初創公司 chu1 chuang4 gong1 si1
new company; newly established enterprise

初次 初次 chu1 ci4
for the first time; first (meeting, attempt etc)

初等 初等 chu1 deng3
elementary (i.e. easy)

初等代数 初等代數 chu1 deng3 dai4 shu4
elementary algebra

初等教育 初等教育 chu1 deng3 jiao4 yu4
primary education; junior school education

初冬 初冬 chu1 dong1
early winter

初二 初二 chu1 er4
2nd year in junior middle school; 2nd day of a lunar month; 2nd day of lunar New Year

初犯 初犯 chu1 fan4
first offender; first offense

初伏 初伏 chu1 fu2
middle ten days of July, the first of 三伏 sān fú, three hottest periods of the year

初稿 初稿 chu1 gao3
first draft (of writing)

初更 初更 chu1 geng1
first of the five night watch periods 19:00-21:00 (old)

初估 初估 chu1 gu1
to make a preliminary estimate

初级 初級 chu1 ji2
junior; primary

初级小学 初級小學 chu1 ji2 xiao3 xue2
lower elementary school; abbr. to 初小

初级中学 初級中學 chu1 ji2 zhong1 xue2
junior high school; junior middle school

初刻拍案惊奇 初刻拍案驚奇 chu1 ke4 pai1 an4 jing1 qi2
Slapping the Table in Amazement (Part I), first of two books of vernacular stories by Ming dynasty novelist Ling Mengchu 凌濛初|凌蒙初

初来乍到 初來乍到 chu1 lai2 zha4 dao4
to be a newcomer; just off the boat

初恋 初戀 chu1 lian4
first love

初恋感觉 初戀感覺 chu1 lian4 gan3 jue2
feelings of first love

初露 初露 chu1 lu4
first sign (of budding talent)

初露才华 初露才華 chu1 lu4 cai2 hua2
first sign of budding talent; to display one's ability for the first time

初露锋芒 初露鋒芒 chu1 lu4 feng1 mang2
first sign of budding talent; to display one's ability for the first time

初露头角 初露頭角 chu1 lu4 tou2 jiao3
lit. to first show one's horns (idiom); fig. a first show of emerging talent; first sign of emerging talent; budding genius

初年 初年 chu1 nian2
early years

初期 初期 chu1 qi1
initial stage; beginning period

初秋 初秋 chu1 qiu1
early autumn; 7th month of the lunar calendar

初赛 初賽 chu1 sai4
preliminary contest; initial heats of a competition

初三 初三 chu1 san1
third year in junior middle school

初设 初設 chu1 she4
first founded

初审 初審 chu1 shen3
preliminary trial

初升 初升 chu1 sheng1
rising (sun, moon etc)

初生 初生 chu1 sheng1
newborn; nascent; primary (biology)

初声 初聲 chu1 sheng1
initial (i.e. initial consonant of a syllable in Asian phonetics)

初生之犊不怕虎 初生之犢不怕虎 chu1 sheng1 zhi1 du2 bu4 pa4 hu3
see 初生之犢不畏虎|初生之犊不畏虎

初生之犊不畏虎 初生之犢不畏虎 chu1 sheng1 zhi1 du2 bu4 wei4 hu3
lit. a new-born calf has no fear of the tiger (idiom); fig. the fearlessness of youth

初始 初始 chu1 shi3
initial; starting (point)

初始化 初始化 chu1 shi3 hua4
(computing) to initialize; initialization

初试 初試 chu1 shi4
preliminary exam; qualifying exam; first try; preliminary testing

初试身手 初試身手 chu1 shi4 shen1 shou3
to have a try; to try one's hand; initial foray

初文 初文 chu1 wen2
archaic (and simpler) form of a Chinese character

初夏 初夏 chu1 xia4
early summer

初小 初小 chu1 xiao3
lower elementary school; abbr. for 初级小学

初选 初選 chu1 xuan3
primary election (US)

初学者 初學者 chu1 xue2 zhe3
beginning student

初夜 初夜 chu1 ye4
early evening; wedding night; (fig.) first sexual encounter

初叶 初葉 chu1 ye4
early part (of a decade, century etc); the first years

初一 初一 chu1 yi1
first day of lunar month; New Year's Day; first year in junior middle school

初中 初中 chu1 zhong1
junior high school; abbr. for 初級中學|初级中学

初衷 初衷 chu1 zhong1
original intention or aspiration

初中生 初中生 chu1 zhong1 sheng1
junior high student

当初 當初 dang1 chu1
at that time; originally

格林尼治本初子午线 格林尼治本初子午線 ge2 lin2 ni2 zhi4 ben3 chu1 zi3 wu3 xian4
the Greenwich meridian

汉末魏初 漢末魏初 han4 mo4 wei4 chu1
late Han and early Wei (roughly, first half of 3rd century AD)

和好如初 和好如初 he2 hao3 ru2 chu1
to bury the hatchet; to become reconciled

华灯初上 華燈初上 hua2 deng1 chu1 shang4
early evening when lanterns are first lit

悔不当初 悔不當初 hui3 bu4 dang1 chu1
to regret one's past deeds (idiom)

既有今日何必当初 既有今日何必當初 ji4 you3 jin1 ri4 he2 bi4 dang1 chu1
see 早知今日何必當初|早知今日何必当初

开初 開初 kai1 chu1
at the outset; at first; early

凌蒙初 凌濛初 ling2 meng2 chu1
Ling Mengchu (1580-1644), Ming dynasty novelist and dramatist; also written 凌蒙初

凌蒙初 凌蒙初 ling2 meng2 chu1
Ling Mengchu (1580-1644), Ming dynasty novelist and dramatist; also written 凌濛初

靡不有初,鲜克有终 靡不有初,鮮克有終 mi3 bu4 you3 chu1 - xian3 ke4 you3 zhong1
almost everything has a start, but not many things have an end (idiom); don't start sth you can't handle

明初 明初 ming2 chu1
the early Ming (i.e. from second half of 14th century)

明末清初 明末清初 ming2 mo4 qing1 chu1
late Ming and early Qing; around the middle of the 17th century

年初 年初 nian2 chu1
beginning of the year

年代初 年代初 nian2 dai4 chu1
beginning of an age; beginning of a decade

起初 起初 qi3 chu1
originally; at first; at the outset

清末民初 清末民初 qing1 mo4 min2 chu1
the late Qing and early Republic, i.e. China around 1911

情窦初开 情竇初開 qing2 dou4 chu1 kai1
first awakening of love (usually of a girl) (idiom)

人之初,性本善 人之初,性本善 ren2 zhi1 chu1 - xing4 ben3 shan4
man at birth is fundamentally good in nature; the first two lines of Three Character Classic 三字經|三字经

如初 如初 ru2 chu1
as before; as ever

太初 太初 tai4 chu1
the absolute beginning

唐初四大家 唐初四大家 tang2 chu1 si4 da4 jia1
Four Great Poets of early Tang; refers to Yu Shi'nan 虞世南, Ouyang Xun 陽歐詢|欧阳询, Chu Suiliang 楮遂良 and Xue Ji 薛稷

完好如初 完好如初 wan2 hao3 ru2 chu1
intact; untouched; as good as before

往初 往初 wang3 chu1
(literary) former times; in olden days

易初莲花 易初蓮花 yi4 chu1 lian2 hua1
Lotus (department store chain)

元末明初 元末明初 yuan2 mo4 ming2 chu1
late Yuan and early Ming; mid 14th century

月初 月初 yue4 chu1
start of month; early in the month

早知今日何必当初 早知今日何必當初 zao3 zhi1 jin1 ri4 he2 bi4 dang1 chu1
if I (you, she, he...) had known it would come to this, I (you, she, he...) would not have acted thus (idiom); to regret vainly one's past behavior

张静初 張靜初 zhang1 jing4 chu1
Zhang Jingchu (1980-), PRC actress

正月初一 正月初一 zheng1 yue4 chu1 yi1
New Year's Day in the lunar calendar

最初 最初 zui4 chu1
first; primary; initial; original; at first; initially; originally