hiragana

noun

hi·​ra·​ga·​na ˌhir-ə-ˈgä-nə How to pronounce hiragana (audio)
: the cursive script that is one of two sets of symbols of Japanese syllabic writing compare katakana

Word History

Etymology

Japanese, from hira- ordinary + kana syllabary

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hiragana was in 1859

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“Hiragana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hiragana. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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