gaijin

noun
gai·​jin | \ ˈgī-(ˌ)jēn How to pronounce gaijin (audio) , -(ˌ)jin\
plural gaijin

Definition of gaijin

: a foreigner in Japan

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Teams play in most of the major tourist destinations all over the country, the tickets are cheap, and the friendly fans tolerate gaijin, or foreigners. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Take Me Out to the Japanese Ball Game," 24 Aug. 2018 Although Nick's gaijin status is frequently referred to in disparaging terms, the film blandly scripted by Andrew Baldwin (The Take) doesn't handle its premise in particularly interesting fashion. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Outsider': Film Review," 8 Mar. 2018 As crazy as this sounds to us gaijin, Dreamcast games still come out in Japan, mostly shmups, and there’s even a couple of games slated for release over the next two months. Alec Matias, WIRED, "SEGA Saying “So Long!” to GD-ROM Production?," 16 Jan. 2007

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First Known Use of gaijin

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gaijin

borrowed from Japanese, from gai- "outer, foreign" + -jin "person"

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