What does ㊙︎DVD mean?




Ran across this line ㊙︎DVD, with the 秘 encircled. Do any of you know what this might mean?

Marcela alvarez centeno

Posted 2017-02-18T20:49:35.857

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1http://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/jn/210118/meaning/m0u/ – broccoli forest – 2017-02-18T21:40:07.083



This is a common abbreviation style to suggest a certain phrase by enclosing a single kanji in the word. Some frequently used symbols are now officially available on the computer (see 1, 2) due to typographical needs.

In this case,

㊙︎ = 秘密【ひみつ】 = "secret, confidential, classified" (often in ads or catch lines)

It can be read aloud 丸秘【まるひ】 "circle(d) ひ". The formal typographical name is 丸囲み【まるかこみ】秘. This character can also be used as an emoji (㊙️).

Others include:

  • ㊐㊊㊋㊌㊍㊎㊏: days of week (Sun, Mon, ... Sat)
  • ㊤㊥㊦: part I, II and III of trilogy works

There are unencoded but famous ones including マル暴, which is originally a police jargon associated with 暴力団【ぼうりょくだん】 or yakuza.

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broccoli forest

Posted 2017-02-18T20:49:35.857

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Thanks a lot! I supposed that was it, but I wasn't sure – Marcela alvarez centeno – 2017-02-19T15:50:55.350


The ㊙︎DVD actually means Secret DVD or confidential DVD.


Posted 2017-02-18T20:49:35.857

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What new value does your answer bring in addition to the previously posted one?

– macraf – 2017-02-19T07:03:52.573