- the portion of the Japanese writing system whose characters are based on Chinese ideographs
- pl. kanji any of these characters
See kanji in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. kanji kanji
- A Japanese system of writing based on borrowed or modified Chinese characters.
- A character used in this system of writing.
Origin: : kan, Chinese (from Middle Chinese xanh)
Origin: + ji, characters (from Middle Chinese dzih)