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n. pl. Kibei or Ki·beis
A person born in the United States of Japanese immigrant parents and educated chiefly in Japan.

[Japanese, to return to the United States, Kibei : ki, return (from Middle Chinese kyj; also the source of Mandarin guī, from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *kwər; akin Tibetan ′khor) + bei, the United States (from the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese character meaning "rice," pronounced in Mandarin, that was used to represent the syllable -me- in early Chinese transliterations of America).]


(Peoples) history someone of Japanese ancestry born in the US and educated in Japan



n., pl. -bei.
(sometimes l.c.) a person of Japanese descent, born in North America but educated mainly in Japan. Compare Issei, Nisei, Sansei.
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