noun, often capitalized
san·​sei | \ ˌsän-ˈsā How to pronounce sansei (audio) , ˈsän-ˌ \
plural sansei

Definition of sansei

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

Examples of sansei in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of the performers in the ensemble, on the other hand, were sansei, and had not learned about Japanese-American incarceration or Japanese culture because their parents wanted them to grow up as American as possible, Kashiwagi said. NBC News, 6 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sansei.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of sansei

1940, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sansei

Japanese san third + sei generation

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About sansei

Statistics for sansei

Cite this Entry

“Sansei.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!