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n. pl. Nisei or Ni·seis
A person born to parents who emigrated from Japan.
[Japanese : ni, two, second (from Early Middle Chinese ŋih; also the source of Mandarin èr) + sei, generation (from Middle Chinese ʂaj`; also the source of Mandarin shì (the Middle Chinese form ultimately being from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *lap, leaf, in reference to the renewal of foliage with each year)).]
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a native-born citizen of the United States or Canada whose parents were Japanese immigrants
[Japanese, literally: second generation]
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Ni•sei(ˈni seɪ, niˈseɪ)
n., pl. -sei.
(sometimes l.c.) a child of Japanese immigrants, born and educated in North America. Compare Issei, Kibei, Sansei.
[1940–45, Amer.; < Japanese: literally, second generation; earlier ni-seĩ < Middle Chinese, = Chinese èr two, second + shēng birth]
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