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[nip-uh-neez, -nees]
noun, plural Nip·pon·ese, adjective
  1. Japanese.
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Origin of Nipponese

First recorded in 1855–60; Nippon + -ese
Related formsNip·pon·ism [nip-uh-niz-uh m] /ˈnɪp əˌnɪz əm/, noun
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Examples from the Web for nipponese

Historical Examples of nipponese

  • They are pretty, nevertheless, these little Nipponese, in their smiles and childishness.

    Madame Chrysantheme Complete

    Pierre Loti

  • Of all my Nipponese family, Bambou is the one I love the most.

  • They are so laughing, and so merry, all these little Nipponese dolls!

  • But the shades of the old Nipponese speak to me through the messages of the poets.

  • We can see what is going on in the navy yards of the Nipponese Empire.

    Psycho-Phone Messages

    Francis Grierson

British Dictionary definitions for nipponese


adjective, noun plural -nese
  1. 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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