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[kahn-jee] /ˈkɑn dʒi/
noun, plural kanji, kanjis.
a system of Japanese writing using Chinese-derived characters.
a character in this system.
Origin of kanji
1915-20; < Japanese < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese hàn Han (i.e., China) + characters Unabridged
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/ˈkændʒɪ; ˈkɑːn-/
noun (pl) -ji, -jis
a Japanese writing system using characters mainly derived from Chinese ideograms
a character in this system
Word Origin
Japanese, from Chinese han Chinese + zi character
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Word Origin and History for kanji

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

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kanji in Technology

human language, character
/kahn'jee/ (From the Japanese "kan" - the Chinese Han dynasty, and "ji" - glyph or letter of the alphabet. Not capitalised. Plural "kanji") The Japanese word for a Han character used in Japanese. Kanji constitute a part of the writing system used to represent the Japanese language in written, printed and displayed form. The term is also used for the collection of all kanji letters.
US-ASCII doesn't include kanji characters, but some character encodings, including Unicode, do.
The Japanese writing system also uses hiragana, katakana, and sometimes romaji (Roman alphabet letters). These characters are distinct from, though commonly used in combination with, kanji. Furigana are also added sometimes.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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