Definition of issei in English:


Line breaks: issei
Pronunciation: /ˈiːseɪ

noun (plural same)

North American
  • A Japanese immigrant to North America. Compare with nisei and sansei.
    More example sentences
    • It's been almost 100 years since the issei, or first-generation Japanese Americans, moved to Bainbridge, and today there are several ways to experience their heritage.
    • The Japanese form of primogeniture dictated, for the issei generation of women, that the transfer of familial power and property was from husband to first-born son.
    • Many critics have observed that Yamamoto is not unsympathetic to the plight of issei men.


Japanese, literally 'generation'.

More definitions of issei

Definition of issei in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skōSH
a small amount; a little