of Japan or its people, language, or culture
- pl. -·nese′ a person born or living in Japan
- the language spoken in Japan, believed by some scholars to be distantly related to Korean
Of or relating to Japan or its people, language, or culture.
nounpl. Japanese Japanese
- a. A native or inhabitant of Japan.b. A person of Japanese ancestry.
- The language of the Japanese, possibly related to the Altaic family, written in kana and Chinese characters.
- Of, relating to, or derived from Japan, its language, or culture.
- A Japanese saw is one that cuts on the pull stroke rather than on the push stroke.
- In the United States, Japanese animation has had a tremendous surge in popularity over the last few years.
- A person living in or coming from Japan, or of Japanese ancestry.
- A Japanese will typically have black hair, brown eyes, and pale skin.
- plural form of Japanese
- (uncountable) Japanese food.
- Let’s go out to eat. I’m in the mood for Japanese.
- (person in or from Japan): The singular “a Japanese” is less common than locutions using the adjective, such as “a Japanese person”, and may be considered offensive by many speakers.
- The main language spoken in Japan.
- I’ve been studying Japanese for three years, and I still can’t order pizza in Tokyo!
From Japan + -ese.