Definition of katakana in English:


Line breaks: kata|kana
Pronunciation: /ˌkatəˈkɑːnə


[mass noun]
  • The more angular form of kana (syllabic writing) used in Japanese, primarily used for words of foreign origin. Compare with hiragana.
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    • Some writing systems (such as Japanese katakana and hiragana) are syllable based.
    • Historically, there is no association at all between katakana and foreign words.
    • Japanese features three reading systems: hiragana, katakana and kanji.


early 18th century: Japanese, literally 'side kana'.

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