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n. pl. Ainu or Ai·nus
1. A member of an indigenous people of Japan, now inhabiting parts of Hokkaido, Sakhalin, and the Kuril Islands.
2. The language of the Ainu.

[Ainu aynu, person.]


npl -nus or -nu
1. (Peoples) a member of the aboriginal people of Japan, now mostly intermixed with Mongoloid immigrants whose skin colour is more yellowish
2. (Languages) the language of this people, sometimes tentatively associated with Altaic, still spoken in parts of Hokkaido and elsewhere
[Ainu: man]


(ˈaɪ nu)

n., pl. -nus, (esp. collectively) -nu.
1. a member of a people of E Asia, who lived in recent historical times on Hokkaido, S Sakhalin, and the Kurile Islands.
2. the language of the Ainus, not closely affiliated with any other language.
References in classic literature ?
Confronted with the Hairy Ainus, he had touched a high level of facetiousness.
Wit at the expense of Hairy Ainus was one thing--at her own another.
The driver, Ainus Lazbaukas, 20, Los Angeles, who was backing up the 1985 Mercedes-Benz when it went over the edge, was booked on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, said Los Angeles police Officer Don Cox.