ka·​ta·​ka·​na ˌkä-tə-ˈkä-nə How to pronounce katakana (audio)
: the form of Japanese syllabic writing used especially for scientific terms, official documents, and words adopted from other languages compare hiragana

Examples of katakana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mē-mē Bēkari, says the katakana script above, which means the creature must be a sheep. Frances Leech, Longreads, 3 May 2018

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Word History


Japanese, from kata part + kana kana

First Known Use

1727, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of katakana was in 1727

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“Katakana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/katakana. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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