[poh-kee-mahn, ‐key‐]


a media franchise including video games, animated television series, movies, card games, etc. that depict a fictional class of pet monsters and their trainers.
a pet monster in this fictional world.

Origin of Pokémon

1995–2000; shortening of Japanese Poketto Monsutā, itself a loan translation of English pocket monsters
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Word Origin and History for pokemon



video and trading card franchise, released in Japan in 1996, said to be from a contracted Romanization of Japanese Poketto Monsuta "pocket monsters," both elements ultimately from European languages. Apparently it is a collective word with no distinctive plural form.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper