nisei

noun, often capitalized
ni·​sei | \nē-ˈsā, ˈnē-ˌ\
plural nisei

Definition of nisei 

: a son or daughter of Japanese immigrants who is born and educated in America and especially in the U.S.

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But growing up near downtown L.A. in the ’30s and ’40s exposed her to the customs of her many nisei Japanese friends, too. Scott Timberg, Los Angeles Magazine, "For More Than 60 Years, Dora De Larios Told Stories Through Clay," 29 Jan. 2018 By then the Army was enlisting nisei soldiers to fight in Africa and Europe. Smithsonian, "The Injustice of Japanese-American Internment Camps Resonates Strongly to This Day," 29 Jan. 2017 Kashiwagi said that many of the seniors were nisei — second-generation Japanese Americans born in the U.S. — who had spent their youth detained in World War II incarceration camps. NBC News, "‘Never Again Is Now’: Japanese-American Theater Group Finds New Relevance Supporting Muslims," 6 Oct. 2017 The miniature spelling master has become an Internet celebrity, impressing people with her ability to crack words that would stump most adults, such as Panglossian, Baedeker, nisei, and Croesus. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "A 5-year-old, Edith Fuller, is headed to the National Spelling Bee. She’s the youngest contestant ever.," 8 Mar. 2017 By then the Army was enlisting nisei soldiers to fight in Africa and Europe. Smithsonian, "The Injustice of Japanese-American Internment Camps Resonates Strongly to This Day," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of nisei

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nisei

Japanese, literally, second generation, from ni second + sei generation

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