后 - Dong Chinese dictionary

hòu

queen, after

Original meaning: 

heir to the throne

Depicts a queen mother () giving birth to her heir (𠫓). Based on the original meaning "heir to the throne". The meaning later expanded to "ruler", "successor", and "after".

Components
母 iconic component

  Iconic component

  

mother

𠫓 iconic component

𠫓  Iconic component

  

newborn

Depicts a child being born.

Evolution

后 Oracle script (~1250-1000 BC)

Oracle script

(~1250-1000 BC)
后 Seal script Late Spring and Autumn (~500 BC)

Seal script

Late Spring and Autumn (~500 BC)
后 Seal script Shuowen (~100 AD)

Seal script

Shuowen (~100 AD)
后 Clerical script Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD)

Clerical script

Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 AD)
后 Regular script Modern

Regular script

Modern
Definitions

 

hòu

queen, empress, sovereign; (simp. for ) behind, rear, after; empress; queen; (archaic) monarch; ruler

 

Hòu

surname Hou

() 

hòu

behind, rear, after; descendents; back; behind; rear; afterwards; after; later; post-

Most common words with 后
Freq.
Word
Meaning

back

然后

after

最后

final

之后

afterwards

以后

after

Component uses

Meaning component in 1 character

Sound component in 5 characters