Definition of Japanese in English:


Syllabification: Jap·a·nese
Pronunciation: /ˌjapəˈnēz, -ˈnēs


  • Of or relating to Japan or its language, culture, or people.
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    • It is reputed in Japanese culture that noisy eating is a compliment to the cook.
    • The intoxicating obscurity of ancient Japanese culture is shown to be irrational and confusing.
    • Shinto has been an established part of Japanese culture for at least 2000 years.

noun (plural same)

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  • 1A native or inhabitant of Japan, or a person of Japanese descent.
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    • Sushi chef Takagi said he serves fugu to about four or five customers a week, most of whom are Japanese.
    • Americans make up the second largest expat population in Shanghai after the Japanese.
    • Apart from the American Indians, the Japanese make some use of lily bulbs in traditional dishes.
  • 2The language of Japan, spoken by almost all of its population.

    Japanese is possibly related to Korean. It has many Chinese loanwords, and is usually written in vertical columns using Chinese characters (kanji) supplemented by two sets of syllabic characters (kana)

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    • So now we have a Japanese company, run by a New York-based Briton who speaks no Japanese.
    • The firm already has machine translation from English to Japanese, and Japanese to English.
    • Japanese shows some similarities to Korean and the Altaic languages.

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