Sansei

or san·sei

[ sahn-sey, sahn-sey ]
/ ˈsɑn seɪ, sɑnˈseɪ /

noun

a grandchild of Japanese immigrants to the U.S. or Canada.

Compare Issei, Kibei, Nisei.

Origin of Sansei

1940–45; < Japanese: third generation, earlier san-seĩ < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese sān three + ·shēng birth

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Word Origin and History for sansei

sansei

n.

"American born of nisei parents; third-generation Japanese-American," 1945, from Japanese san "three, third" + sei "generation."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper