[ jap-uh-neez, -nees ]
/ ˌdʒæp əˈniz, -ˈnis /


of, relating to, or characteristic of Japan, its people, or their language.

noun, plural Jap·a·nese.

a native or inhabitant of Japan.
a person of Japanese ancestry.
the language of Japan. Abbreviation: Japn., Japn


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Origin of Japanese

First recorded in 1580–90; Japan + -ese


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Example sentences from the Web for pro-japanese

  • Pro-Japanese apologetics is dangerous; it obscures the realities of the situation.

  • This party was pro-Japanese and was accepting loans from Japan.

    The Problem of China|Bertrand Russell
  • The society gives wonderful banquets and yammers away about the Brotherhood of Man and sends out pro-Japanese propaganda.

    The Pride of Palomar|Peter B. Kyne
  • Bitterly anti-Kuomintang, the author became pro-Japanese in the autumn of 1937.

    Government in Republican China|Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger

British Dictionary definitions for pro-japanese

/ (ˌdʒæpəˈniːz) /


of, relating to, or characteristic of Japan, its people, or their language


plural -nese a native or inhabitant of Japan or a descendant of one
the official language of Japan: the native language of approximately 100 million people: considered by some scholars to be part of the Altaic family of languages
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