the portion of the Japanese kana, or syllabary, whose characters are angular in form: it is used esp. for foreign words
Origin of katakanaJapanese ; from kata, side + kana
A relatively angular kana used especially to write foreign words, onomatopoetic words, and the names of plants and animals in Japanese.
Origin of katakanaJapanese : kata, one + kana, kana; see kana.
- Alternative spelling of katakana.