kana

noun, often attributive
ka·​na | \ ˈkä-nə How to pronounce kana (audio) \
plural kana

Definition of kana

: 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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First Known Use of kana

1727, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kana

Japanese

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“Kana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kana. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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