noun, often capitalized
is·​sei | \ (ˌ)ē-ˈsā How to pronounce issei (audio) , ˈē-ˌsā \
plural issei

Definition of issei

: a Japanese immigrant especially to the U.S.

Examples of issei in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Photo: issei kato/Reuters Mercari’s app allows people to buy and sell mostly used goods such as jeans, handbags and games. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of issei

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for issei

Japanese, literally, first generation

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“Issei.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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