kanji

noun

kan·​ji ˈkän-(ˌ)jē How to pronounce kanji (audio)
plural kanji
often attributive
: a Japanese system of writing that utilizes characters borrowed or adapted from Chinese writing
also : a single character in the kanji system compare kana

Examples of kanji in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the three kanji and a heart made a square. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, 31 Jan. 2019 About Names explains that the name Kenzo is sometimes given to the third child of a family, and in kanji is often written using a character representing the number three when used in that context. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, 2 Oct. 2017 The intro screens are an unappealing mess of bad art and blurry kanji, the chiptunes ever so slightly grating. Chris Kohler, WIRED, 2 Sep. 2008

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Word History

Etymology

Japanese

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kanji was in 1920

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“Kanji.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kanji. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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