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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.
Often Offensive. a native or inhabitant of Japan or a person of Japanese descent. See Usage note at the current entry.
the language of Japan. Abbreviation: Japn., Japn
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Origin of Japanese

First recorded in 1580–90; Japan + -ese

usage note for Japanese

In the past, the word Japanese has been used as a noun to describe a person or people (the store owner is a Japanese ). This usage is dated and often considered offensive today.

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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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