katakana

(redirected from Katagana)
Also found in: Encyclopedia.

ka·ta·ka·na

 (kä′tä-kä′nä)
n.
A relatively angular kana used especially to write foreign words, onomatopoetic words, and the names of plants and animals in Japanese.

[Japanese : kata, one + kana, kana; see kana.]

katakana

(ˌkɑːtəˈkɑːnə)
n
(Linguistics) one of the two systems of syllabic writing employed for the representation of Japanese, based on Chinese ideograms. It is used mainly for foreign or foreign-derived words
[Japanese, from kata side + kana]

ka•ta•ka•na

(ˌkɑ təˈkɑ nə)

n.
the more angular, less commonly used of the two Japanese syllabaries. Compare hiragana.
[1720–30]
Translations
katakana
片仮名
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
The text requires a firm grasp of the fundamentals of elementary Japanese, including basic vocabulary and grammar, and knowledge of hiragana, katagana, and kanji.
Kanji, a borrowed Chinese character set, is mostly nouns and complex verbs, while Katagana is primarily a list of English nouns.
NASDAQ:ACNTF) announced today that its multilingual Internet solution, Internet With An Accent(TM), now provides language support for Japanese (Kanji, Hiragana, Katagana and Romanji), Chinese (Simple and Traditional), and Korean (Hangeoul).