- 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) + zì characters
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Examples from the Web for kanji
The kanji characters shown there are 中本(Nakamoto) 哲史 (Satoshi).
Kanji are a system of Japanese writing using Chinese characters to phonetically represent names.
There are hundreds of ways of representing Nakamoto Satoshi in kanji.
It is often extremely difficult to distinguish individuals or subjects without knowing the kanji characters.
At night, boiled rice, or kanji with fish or curry made of vegetables from their kitchen garden, form their chief food.
Such of the members of the family as could not give him kanji (rice gruel) or boiled rice before death, now give it to him.
- a Japanese writing system using characters mainly derived from Chinese ideograms
- a character in this system
Japanese, from Chinese han Chinese + zi character
Word Origin and History for kanji
"Chinese ideographs that make up the bulk of Japanese writing," 1920, from Japanese kan "Chinese" + ji "letter, character."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper