is·​sei (ˌ)ē-ˈsā How to pronounce issei (audio)
plural issei
often capitalized
: 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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Word History


Japanese, literally, first generation

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of issei was in 1937

Dictionary Entries Near issei

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“Issei.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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