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Japanese

Syllabification: Jap·a·nese
Pronunciation: /ˌjapəˈnēz
 
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Definition of Japanese in English:

adjective

Of or relating to Japan or its language, culture, or people.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • Unlike the Belgians, Americans and Japanese, the British have no heritage of adult comic books.
  • We mean no disrespect to those asking the Germans or Japanese for compensation.
  • We were all celebrating the victory over the Japanese in the last war.
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)

Example sentences
  • 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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