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kanji

[kahn-jee] /ˈkɑn dʒi/
noun, plural kanji, kanjis.
1.
a system of Japanese writing using Chinese-derived characters.
2.
a character in this system.
Origin of kanji
1915-1920
1915-20; < Japanese < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese hàn Han (i.e., China) + characters
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kanji

/ˈkændʒɪ; ˈkɑːn-/
noun (pl) -ji, -jis
1.
a Japanese writing system using characters mainly derived from Chinese ideograms
2.
a character in this system
Word Origin
Japanese, from Chinese han Chinese + zi character
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n.

"Chinese ideographs that make up the bulk of Japanese writing," 1920, from Japanese kan "Chinese" + ji "letter, character."

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