non-Jap·​a·​nese ˌnän-ˌja-pə-ˈnēz How to pronounce non-Japanese (audio)
: not of, relating to, or characteristic of Japan or its people : not Japanese
non-Japanese automakers
Americans of non-Japanese descent

Examples of non-Japanese in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even today, there are cases of police targeting vulnerable communities, such as non-Japanese and working poor, in an effort to make a swift arrest following a crime. Takehiko Kambayashi, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 May 2023 The city’s mass transit was applauded for being well-maintained, efficient and easy to navigate, even for non-Japanese speakers. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 6 Apr. 2023 No wonder, then, that Signature recruited Kanesaka, a Japanese American performer and professor who, according to his George Mason University faculty page, is the first non-Japanese citizen to become a professional Kabuki actor since the birth of the form over four centuries ago. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2023 Japan also has its first non-Japanese citizen on the national team roster, Cardinals outfielder Lars Nootbaar, who was born in California. Peter Abraham,, 11 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of non-Japanese was in 1859

Dictionary Entries Near non-Japanese

Cite this Entry

“Non-Japanese.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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