san·​sei ˌsän-ˈsā How to pronounce sansei (audio)
plural sansei
often capitalized
: 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 Its permanent collection, reinstalled after a recent move, will be complemented by this traveling exhibition of eight sansei, or third generation Japanese American, artists. Briana Miller | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2022 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

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Word History


Japanese san third + sei generation

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sansei was in 1940

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“Sansei.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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