[nip-uh-neez, -nees]

noun, plural Nip·pon·ese, adjective

Origin of Nipponese

First recorded in 1855–60; Nippon + -ese
Related formsNip·pon·ism [nip-uh-niz-uh m] /ˈnɪp əˌnɪz əm/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective, noun plural -nese

another word for Japanese
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Word Origin and History for nipponese


"Japanese," 1859, from Nippon, Japanese word for "Japan," from ni(chi) "the sun" + pon, hon "source," which is said to be from Chinese for "rising sun-place." Derisive slang shortening Nip attested from 1942.

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