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 (jăp′ə-nēz′, -nēs′)
Of or relating to Japan or its people, language, or culture.
n. pl. Japanese
a. A native or inhabitant of Japan.
b. A person of Japanese ancestry.
2. The Japonic language of the Japanese, written in kana and Chinese characters.


1. (Placename) of, relating to, or characteristic of Japan, its people, or their language
2. (Peoples) of, relating to, or characteristic of Japan, its people, or their language
3. (Languages) of, relating to, or characteristic of Japan, its people, or their language
npl -nese
4. (Peoples) a native or inhabitant of Japan or a descendant of one
5. (Languages) 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


(ˌdʒæp əˈniz, -ˈnis)

n., pl. -nese,
adj. n.
1. a native or inhabitant of Japan.
2. a member of a people constituting the overwhelming majority of the inhabitants of Japan and the Ryukyu Islands.
3. the language of this people, affiliated by some with the Altaic languages. Abbr.: Japn, Japn.
4. of or pertaining to Japan, the Japanese, or their language.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.japanese - a native or inhabitant of JapanJapanese - a native or inhabitant of Japan  
samurai - feudal Japanese military aristocracy
ninja - a class of 14th century Japanese who were trained in martial arts and were hired for espionage and assassinations
Nihon, Nippon, Japan - a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building
Asian, Asiatic - a native or inhabitant of Asia
Ryukyuan - a member of the Japanese people living on the Ryukyu Islands southwest of Japan
Jap, Nip - (offensive slang) offensive term for a person of Japanese descent
geisha, geisha girl - a Japanese woman trained to entertain men with conversation and singing and dancing
ninja - a member of the ninja who were trained in martial arts and hired for espionage or sabotage or assassinations; a person skilled in ninjutsu
samurai - a Japanese warrior who was a member of the feudal military aristocracy
shogun - a hereditary military dictator of Japan; the shoguns ruled Japan until the revolution of 1867-68
2.Japanese - the language (usually considered to be Altaic) spoken by the Japanese
Altaic language, Altaic - a group of related languages spoken in Asia and southeastern Europe
Ryukyuan - the language (related to Japanese) that is spoken by the people of the Ryukyu Islands
Nihon, Nippon, Japan - a constitutional monarchy occupying the Japanese Archipelago; a world leader in electronics and automobile manufacture and ship building
mikado, tenno - the emperor of Japan; when regarded as a religious leader the emperor is called tenno
Adj.1.Japanese - of or relating to or characteristic of Japan or its people or their culture or language; "the Japanese Emperor"; "Japanese cars"
bahasa JepangJepangorang Jepang
일본 사람일본어일본의
japonasjaponėjaponų kalba
người Nhậttiếng Nhậtthuộc nước/người/tiếng Nhật


A. ADJjaponés
B. N (Japanese (pl))
1. (= person) → japonés/esa m/f
the Japanese (= people) → los japoneses
2. (Ling) → japonés m


(= person) → Japonais(e) m/f
(= language) → japonais m
npl (= people) a group of Japanese → un groupe de Japonais
the Japanese → les Japonais mpl


Japaner(in) m(f)
(Ling) → Japanisch nt


1. adjgiapponese
2. n (person, pl inv) → giapponese m/f; (language) → giapponese m


اللغة اليابانية, يَابَانِى, يَابَانِيٌّ Japonec, japonský, japonština japaner, japansk Japaner, japanisch Ιάπωνας, Ιαπωνικά, ιαπωνικός japonés japani, japanilainen japonais Japanac, japanski giapponese 日本の, 日本人, 日本語 일본 사람, 일본어, 일본의 Japanner, Japans japaner, japansk Japończyk, japoński, język japoński japonês японец, японский, японский язык japan, japansk, japanska เกี่ยวกับญี่ปุ่น, ชาวญี่ปุ่น, ภาษาญี่ปุ่น Japon, Japonca người Nhật, thuộc nước/người/tiếng Nhật, tiếng Nhật 日本人, 日本的, 日语
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