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n. pl. issei or is·seis
A Japanese immigrant, especially one to the United States.

[Japanese : ichi, one, first (from Middle Chinese ʔjit (also the source of Mandarin , one), ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *it; akin to Burmese, ʔac) + sei, generation (from Middle Chinese ʂiaj`, generation, world; also the source of Mandarin shì).]
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a first generation Japanese immigrant to the USA
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n., pl. -sei. (sometimes l.c.)
a Japanese immigrant to North America, esp. one who came to the U.S. prior to World War II and was ineligible for citizenship before 1952. Compare Kibei, Nisei, Sansei.
[1935–40; < Japanese, =is first + sei generation]
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