kana

noun

ka·​na ˈkä-nə How to pronounce kana (audio)
plural kana
often attributive
: a Japanese system of syllabic writing having characters that can be used exclusively for writing foreign words or in combination with kanji (as for indicating pronunciations or grammatical inflections)
also : a single character belonging to the kana system compare hiragana, katakana

Examples of kana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The NEAC 2203, released in 1960 by NEC, could handle Roman characters and Japanese kana. Laura Moorhead, WIRED, 24 Apr. 2007

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Word History

Etymology

Japanese

First Known Use

1727, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kana was in 1727

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“Kana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kana. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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