Japanese

[ jap-uh-neez, -nees ]
/ ˌdʒæp əˈniz, -ˈnis /
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adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of Japan, its people, or their language.

noun, plural Jap·a·nese.

a native or inhabitant of Japan.
a person of Japanese ancestry.
the language of Japan. Abbreviation: Japn., Japn

Origin of Japanese

First recorded in 1580–90; Japan + -ese
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British Dictionary definitions for japanese

Japanese

/ (ˌdʒæpəˈniːz) /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of Japan, its people, or their language

noun

plural -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
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Word Origin and History for japanese

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.

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