[kuh-ree-uh n, kaw-, koh-]
  1. a native or inhabitant of South Korea or North Korea.
  2. the language of South Korea or North Korea.

Origin of Korean

First recorded in 1605–15; Kore(a) + -an
Related formspro-Ko·re·an, adjective, noun
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  1. of or relating to Korea, its people, or their language
  1. a native or inhabitant of Korea
  2. the official language of North and South Korea, considered by some scholars to be part of the Altaic family of languages
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