JLPT N3 Nouns Vocabulary List

Here is our vocabulary list of lessons for all of the Noun(s) you need to know in order to pass the JLPT N3.

You can click on any of the words below to go to a customized lesson for that word with more details and example sentences.

For extra study, you can also use our full JLPT N3 vocabulary list or our JLPT N3 Study Guide.

JLPT N3 vocabulary list
#NounMeaning
1 akari

あかり

light; illumination; glow; gleam
2 akuma

あくま

devil; demon; fiend; Satan
3 anki

あんき

memorization; learning by heart
4 arata

あらた

new; fresh; novel
5 atsumari

あつまり

gathering; meeting; assembly; collection; attendance
6 bubun

ぶぶん

portion; section; part
7 bun

ぶん

part; segment; share; ration
8 bunmei

ぶんめい

civilization; culture
9 bunseki

ぶんせき

analysis
10 bunya

ぶんや

field; sphere; realm; division; branch
11 chichioya

ちちおや

father
12 chiheisen

ちへいせん

horizon (related to land)​
13 chii

ちい

(social) position; status
14 chouki

ちょうき

long-term
15 chuu

ちゅう

during; while; medium; middle
16 chuugaku

ちゅうがく

junior high school; middle school
17 chuushoku

ちゅうしょく

lunch; midday meal
18 daibubun

だいぶぶん

most part; greater part; majority
19 danshi

だんし

youth; young man
20 deai

であい

meeting; rendezvous; encounter
21 dokusho

どくしょ

reading
22 doryoku

どりょく

effort; exertion; endeavor; hard work; striving
23 en

えん

yen; Japanese monetary unit; circle
24 furi

ふり

disadvantage; handicap; unfavorable position
25 fusoku

ふそく

insufficiency; shortage; deficiency; lack; dearth
26 gaikou

がいこう

diplomacy
27 gaishutsu

がいしゅつ

going out; outing; leaving (one's home, office, etc.)
28 gakki

がっき

school term; semester
29 gaku

がく

learning; education; study of
30 gakumon

がくもん

scholarship; study; learning
31 gakusha

がくしゃ

scholar
32 gakushuu

がくしゅう

study; learning; tutorial
33 gichou

ぎちょう

chairman; president; moderator
34 gikai

ぎかい

congress; parliament; diet; legislative assembly
35 gogaku

ごがく

study of foreign languages; linguistics
36 hahaoya

ははおや

mother
37 hakubutsukan

はくぶつかん

museum
38 hanbai

はんばい

sales; selling; marketing
39 hatsumei

はつめい

invention
40 hin

ひん

elegance, article
41 hitokoto

ひとこと

single word; a few words; brief comment
42 hitorihitori

ひとりひとり

one by one; each; one at a time
43 honmono

ほんもの

genuine article; real thing; real deal​
44 honnin

ほんにん

the person in question; the person themselves; said person
45 hontou

ほんとう

truth; reality; actuality; fact
46 icchi

いっち

agreement; union; match​; coincidence
47 ichiban

いちばん

number one; first; 1st, first place​; best; most​
48 ichiji

いちじ

one o'clock
49 ippan

いっぱん

general; universal; ordinary; average; common
50 ippou

いっぽう

one (esp. of two); one way; the other direction; although

JLPT N3 vocab List total: (155)

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