nounpl. -·sei· or -·seis·
[alsoI-] 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 yī one) ) ( ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan it ) (Burmese &qnodot;ac ) sei generation ( from Middle Chinese &shookr;iaj` generation, world ) ( also the source of Mandarin shì )