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Pokémon

[poh-kee-mahn, ‐key‐] /ˈpoʊ kiˌmɑn, ‐keɪ‐/
Trademark.
1.
a media franchise including video games, animated television series, movies, card games, etc. that depict a fictional class of pet monsters and their trainers.
2.
a pet monster in this fictional world.
Origin of Pokémon
1995-2000
1995-2000; shortening of Japanese Poketto Monsutā, itself a loan translation of English pocket monsters
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noun

a trademark for a series of Japanese pocket monsters seen in video games, card games, toys, movies and television shows

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Pikachu is the best-known Pokémon character.

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Pocket + Monsters

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Pokemon

n.

video and trading card franchise, released in Japan in 1996, said to be from a contracted Romanization of Japanese Poketto Monsuta "pocket monsters," both elements ultimately from European languages. Apparently it is a collective word with no distinctive plural form.

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