White Square Containing Black Small Square

Symbol Meaning

This symbol represents a visual combination of two characters — large white square and small black square. It is used in programming, messaging, and geographic maps. There is also a Chinese character that visually resembles this symbol.

When it comes to writing texts, this symbol is used for and as a space filler.

As for chatting and social media, this kind of icon can be used to create a nickname.

It is interesting that the simplified Chinese language contains a similar character, the hieroglyph 回. It means “return” or “go back.”

This symbol is often applied in the legend of geographic maps. There it commonly marks the locations of metallic ore deposits. Other meanings of the symbol include the capital of a country, the center of an administrative unit, or a major population center.

The white square containing the small black square is included in the .

The symbol “White Square Containing Black Small Square” is included in the “Geometric shapes” Subblock of the “Geometric Shapes” Block and was approved as part of Unicode version 1.1 in 1993.

Text is also available in the following languages: Español; Русский;


quadrature, geometry, shape.

Unicode Name White Square Containing Black Small Square
Unicode Number
CSS Code
Unicode Block Geometric Shapes
Unicode Subblock Geometric shapes
Unicode Version 1.1 (1993)
Version 1.1
Block Geometric Shapes
Type of paired mirror bracket (bidi) None
Composition Exclusion No
Case change 25A3
Simple case change 25A3
Encoding hex dec (bytes) dec binary
UTF-8 E2 96 A3 226 150 163 14849699 11100010 10010110 10100011
UTF-16BE 25 A3 37 163 9635 00100101 10100011
UTF-16LE A3 25 163 37 41765 10100011 00100101
UTF-32BE 00 00 25 A3 0 0 37 163 9635 00000000 00000000 00100101 10100011
UTF-32LE A3 25 00 00 163 37 0 0 2737111040 10100011 00100101 00000000 00000000

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