katakana

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noun ka·ta·ka·na \ˌkä-tə-ˈkä-nə\

Definition of katakana

  1. :  the form of Japanese syllabic writing used especially for scientific terms, official documents, and words adopted from other languages — compare hiragana

Origin and Etymology of katakana

Japanese, from kata part + kana kana


First Known Use: 1727


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