Definition of Korean in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈriːən/


Relating to North or South Korea or its people or language.
Example sentences
  • Pierce came home to North America determined to find sponsors for Korean orphans.
  • It was headed north toward the Korean Straits between Kyushu and the Korean peninsula.
  • Most Korean parents want their children to retain their Korean language and heritage.


1A native or inhabitant of North or South Korea, or a person of Korean descent.
Example sentences
  • There are a lot of Chinese women here who are not ethnic Koreans, and their life is much harder.
  • The Koreans and the Turks are still way up there, though so are the Czechs and the Slovaks.
  • In doing this, he renewed an issue many Koreans and Chinese feel very strongly about.
2 [mass noun] The language of Korea, which has roughly 68 million speakers worldwide. It has its own writing system, and is now generally regarded as distantly related to Japanese.
Example sentences
  • The book has been translated into English, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Greek.
  • I wonder whether Mr John Davy can speak Chinese, Korean, and Japanese, on top of his other skills?
  • Later these were translated into Tibetan, Chinese, Mongolian, Korean, Japanese and so forth.

Words that rhyme with Korean

antipodean, Crimean, Judaean

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: Ko¦rean

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