japanese


japanese

adjective

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Japan, its people, or their language.

noun, plural Jap·a·nese.

  1. a native or inhabitant of Japan.
  2. a person of Japanese ancestry.
  3. the language of Japan. Abbreviation: Japn., Japn

adjective

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Japan, its people, or their language

noun

  1. plural -nese a native or inhabitant of Japan or a descendant of one
  2. the official language of Japan: the native language of approximately 100 million people: considered by some scholars to be part of the Altaic family of languages

1580s, Iapones; see Japan + -ese. Japanese beetle attested from 1919, accidentally introduced in U.S. 1916 in larval stage in a shipment of Japanese iris.

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