pl. -·sei· or -·seis·
a Japanese immigrant to North America, esp. one coming to the U.S. after 1907 and ineligible until 1952 to become a U.S. citizen
Origin of isseiJpn, literally , first generation
nounpl. issei or is·seis
A Japanese immigrant, especially one to the United States.
Origin of isseiJapanese : ichi, one, first (from Middle Chinese &qnodot;jit (also the source of Mandarin y&imacron;, one), ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *it; akin to Burmese, &qnodot;ac) + sei, generation (from Middle Chinese &shookr;iaj`, generation, world; also the source of Mandarin shì).