The meaning of denki (電気) in Japanese and how to use it

This article will give you all of the knowledge you need on the Japanese word denki, including its Japanese definition and translation, example sentences, related expressions and more!

What does denki mean?

The Japanese word denki (電気、でんき) means electricity or power. It can also sometimes mean light in certain situations. Denki is normally equivalent to a noun, but it can also modify other words when it comes in front of them. For example, denki kiki (電気機器) stands for electrical device.

Below, we take a look at some examples of how to use denki in Japanese.

To make it easier for you, I have written each sentence in full Japanese kanji on the first line, followed by roman letters (romaji), and hiragana, with the English meaning coming last.

Example sentences using denki

The Japanese word denki (電気、でんき) means electricity or power.

Denki wa benri dakedo, abunai toki mo aru.
Electricity is convenient, but sometimes it can also be dangerous.

Sono mura ni wa denki sae mo nai.
That village doesn’t even have electricity.

Taihen da! Denki ga kireta!
Oh no! The power is out!

Denki ga nai to nichijo seikatsu ga dekinai jidai ni natta.
We are now in an era where we can’t live our everyday lives without power.

Denki wo tsukeru/Denki wo kesu

Denki can sometimes also mean light when combined with the verbs tsukeru (turn on) or kesu (turn off).

Denki wo tsuketara me ga sameta.
I woke up after turning on the light.

Itsumo denki wo kesu to kowai kimochi ni naru.
I always feel scared when I turn out the light.

Dengen: Power source

Another useful word is dengen (電源、でんげん), which means power source. As I’m sure you can appreciate, this one is a lifesaver when your laptop is depleted and you quickly need to find an outlet (konsento, コンセント)!

Saikin, dengen ga aru kafue ga fueta.
The number of cafes with power sources has recently increased.