Japanese

noun
Jap·​a·​nese | \ ˌja-pə-ˈnēz How to pronounce Japanese (audio) , -ˈnēs \
plural Japanese

Definition of Japanese

1a : a native or inhabitant of Japan
b : a person of Japanese descent
2 : the language of the Japanese

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Other Words from Japanese

Japanese adjective

Examples of Japanese in a Sentence

the customs of the Japanese He is learning to speak Japanese.

First Known Use of Japanese

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Time Traveler for Japanese

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The first known use of Japanese was in 1613

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Dictionary Entries Near Japanese

Japan cedar

Japanese

Japanese acid clay

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“Japanese.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Japanese. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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Japanese

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Japanese

: the people of Japan : Japanese people
: the language of the Japanese

Japanese

adjective
Jap·​a·​nese | \ ˌja-pə-ˈnēz How to pronounce Japanese (audio) \

Kids Definition of Japanese

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to Japan, its people, or the Japanese language

Japanese

noun
plural Japanese

Kids Definition of Japanese (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person born or living in Japan
2 : the language of the Japanese

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