Ainu

noun
Ai·​nu | \ ˈī-(ˌ)nü How to pronounce Ainu (audio) \
plural Ainu or Ainus

Definition of Ainu

1 : a member of an indigenous people of the Japanese archipelago, the Kuril Islands, and part of Sakhalin Island
2 : the language of the Ainu people

First Known Use of Ainu

1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Ainu

Ainu aynu person

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“Ainu.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ainu. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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