Definition of kanji in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkandʒi/
Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːndʒi/


[mass noun]
A system of Japanese writing using Chinese characters, used primarily for content words. Compare with kana.
Example sentences
  • With tens of thousands of Japanese characters - or kanji, based on Chinese ideograms - to choose from, the possibilities would seem limitless.
  • Japanese features three reading systems: hiragana, katakana and kanji.
  • Written Japanese consists of three types of characters: kanji, hiragana, and katakana.


Japanese, from kan 'Chinese' + ji 'character'.

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