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[jap-uh-neez, -nees] /ˌdʒæp əˈniz, -ˈnis/
of, relating to, or characteristic of Japan, its people, or their language.
noun, plural Japanese.
a native or inhabitant of Japan.
a person of Japanese ancestry.
the language of Japan.
Abbreviation: Japn., Japn.
Origin of Japanese
1580-90; Japan + -ese
Related forms
anti-Japanese, adjective, noun, plural anti-Japanese.
non-Japanese, adjective, noun, plural non-Japanese.
pro-Japanese, adjective, noun, plural pro-Japanese.
pseudo-Japanese, adjective, noun, plural pseudo-Japanese.
quasi-Japanese, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for Japanese
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  • This much, however, can be said about Japanese art—that it is original.

    The Empire of the East H. B. Montgomery
  • It has held the Japanese people like a single mailed fist for war.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • As in Japanese houses, mats are used for sitting and sleeping purposes.

    The Empire of the East H. B. Montgomery
  • A Japanese woman pays no heed to the absence of clothing on workmen.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • In Chinese the pronouns also have no gender, so also in Japanese.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
British Dictionary definitions for Japanese


of, relating to, or characteristic of Japan, its people, or their language
(pl) -nese. a native or inhabitant of Japan or a descendant of one
the official language of Japan: the native language of approximately 100 million people: considered by some scholars to be part of the Altaic family of languages
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Japanese

1580s, Iapones; see Japan + -ese. Japanese beetle attested from 1919, accidentally introduced in U.S. 1916 in larval stage in a shipment of Japanese iris.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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