Korean

noun

Ko·​re·​an kə-ˈrē-ən How to pronounce Korean (audio)
 especially Southern  (ˌ)kō-
1
: a native or inhabitant of Korea
2
: the language of the Korean people
Korean adjective

Examples of Korean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the Korean Economic Daily, both companies are in loss-making territory, as are some smaller rivals. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 North Korea's supreme leader once again threatened military force against the country's southern counterpart Kim Jong Un made the comments Thursday during a 76th anniversary celebration of the North's Korean People's Army. Timothy H.j. Nerozzi Fox News, Fox News, 10 Feb. 2024 The Gemini app initially will be released in the U.S. in English before expanding to the Asia-Pacific region next week, with versions in Japanese and Korean. Michael Liedtke, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 The menu at Ember Korean BBQ includes appetizers — ranging from popcorn chicken and soup to potstickers and corn cheese — and noodles. Hanh Truong, Sacramento Bee, 9 Feb. 2024 Jimmy Branch served in the Korean War and returned to D.C. in 1953, just as Dumpling was graduating from high school. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 Last year, both Air New Zealand and Korean Air similarly asked travelers to weigh themselves as part of safety surveys. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 8 Feb. 2024 Those include the landmark 1803 case that established judicial review over acts that officials in the executive branch are bound by law to perform, Marbury v. Madison, and a famous Korean War-era case deeming unlawful President Harry S. Truman’s seizure of steel mills. Charlie Savage, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024 The incident occurred during a training mission over the waters west of the Korean Peninsula around 8:41 a.m. local time, according to a statement from Kunsan Air Base, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) south of the capital Seoul. Brad Lendon, CNN, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Korean was in 1600

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“Korean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Korean. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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Korean

noun
Ko·​re·​an kə-ˈrē-ən How to pronounce Korean (audio)
1
: a person born or living in Korea
2
: the language of the Korean people
Korean adjective

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