kanji

[ kahn-jee ]
/ ˈkɑn dʒi /

noun, plural kan·ji, kan·jis.

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
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British Dictionary definitions for kanji

kanji

/ (ˈkændʒɪ, ˈkɑːn-) /

noun plural -ji or -jis

a Japanese writing system using characters mainly derived from Chinese ideograms
a character in this system

Word Origin for kanji

Japanese, from Chinese han Chinese + zi character
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