[ nee-sey, nee-sey ]
/ ˈni seɪ, niˈseɪ /
noun, plural Ni·sei.
a person of Japanese descent, born and educated in the U.S. or Canada.
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Origin of Nisei
1940–45, Americanism; < Japanese: literally, second generation; earlier ni-seĩ < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese èr two, second + shēng birth
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British Dictionary definitions for nisei
/ (ˈniːseɪ) /
a native-born citizen of the United States or Canada whose parents were Japanese immigrants
Word Origin for Nisei
Japanese, literally: second generation
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Cultural definitions for nisei
[ (nee-say, nee-say) ]
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