[jap-uh-neez, -nees]


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

Origin of Japanese

First recorded in 1580–90; Japan + -ese
Related formsan·ti-Jap·a·nese, adjective, noun, plural an·ti-Jap·a·nese.non-Jap·an·ese, adjective, noun, plural non-Jap·an·ese.pro-Jap·a·nese, adjective, noun, plural pro-Jap·a·nese.pseu·do-Jap·a·nese, adjective, noun, plural pseu·do-Jap·a·nese.qua·si-Jap·a·nese, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pro-japanese

Historical Examples of 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

  • Bitterly anti-Kuomintang, the author became pro-Japanese in the autumn of 1937.

    Government in Republican China

    Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger

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

British Dictionary definitions for pro-japanese



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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Word Origin and History for pro-japanese


1580s, Iapones; see Japan + -ese. Japanese beetle attested from 1919, accidentally introduced in U.S. 1916 in larval stage in a shipment of Japanese iris.

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