Definition of hiragana in English:

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hiragana

Pronunciation: /ˌhirəˈɡänə/

noun

The more cursive and more widely used form of kana (syllabic writing) used in Japanese, especially used for function words and inflections. Compare with katakana.
Example sentences
  • In modern written Japanese, kanji, hiragana, and katakana are combined.
  • Japanese grammar is in an easy script, hiragana, in which each symbol is a semi syllable, as in hi-ra-ga-na.
  • The real principle at work is that hiragana is the default, while katakana is marked.

Origin

Japanese, 'plain kana'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: hi·ra·ga·na

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