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Webster 1913 Edition


Japanese

Japˊa-nese′

,
Adj.
Of or pertaining to Japan, or its inhabitants.

Japˊa-nese′

,
Noun.
s
ing.
&
pl.
1.
A native or inhabitant of Japan; collectively, the people of Japan.
2.
sing.
The language of the people of Japan, called in the Japanese language nihongo.

Webster 1828 Edition


Japanese

JAPANE'SE

,
Adj.
Pertaining to Japan or its inhabitants.

JAPANE'SE

,
Noun.
A native of Japan; or the language of the inhabitants.

Definition 2022


Japanese

Japanese

See also: Category:Japanese language

English

Adjective

Japanese (not comparable)

  1. Of, relating to, or derived from Japan, its language, or culture.
    A Japanese saw is one that cuts on the pull stroke rather than on the push stroke.
    In the United States, Japanese animation has had a tremendous surge in popularity over the last few years.

Translations

Noun

Japanese (plural Japanese or Japaneses)

  1. A person living in or coming from Japan, or of Japanese ancestry.
    A Japanese will typically have black hair, brown eyes, and pale skin.
    • 2007 October 16, Madeleine Brand, “Japan Struggles to Meet Its CO2 Emissions Limits”, Day to Day, National Public Radio,
      Motoyuki Shibata isn’t a typical Japanese.
  2. (uncountable) Japanese food.
    Let’s go out to eat. I’m in the mood for Japanese.

Usage notes

As with all nationalities formed from -ese, the countable singular form ("I am a Japanese") is often viewed as incorrect, although it is rather frequent in East Asia as a translation for the demonyms written 日本人 in Chinese characters (Japanese kanji).

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Proper noun

Japanese

  1. The main language spoken in Japan.
    I’ve been studying Japanese for three years, and I still can’t order pizza in Tokyo!

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See also

  • Japan
  • wapanese
  • Japanophile
  • Nipponize
  • Jap
  • Nihongo (in Japanese)
  • Wiktionary's coverage of Japanese terms
  • Appendix:Japanese Swadesh list for a Swadesh list of basic vocabulary words in Japanese