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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By then the Army was enlisting nisei soldiers to fight in Africa and Europe.
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.
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Origin and Etymology of nisei
Japanese, literally, second generation, from ni second + sei generation
First Known Use: 1929See Words from the same year
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