pl. -·bei′ or -·beis′
a native U.S. citizen born of immigrant Japanese parents but educated largely in Japan
Origin of kibeiJapanese ; from Sino-Japanese ki, return + bei, America, United States A.
nounpl. Kibei or Ki·beis
A person born in the United States of Japanese immigrant parents and educated chiefly in Japan.
Origin of KibeiJapanese, to return to the United States, Kibei : ki, return (from Middle Chinese kyj; also the source of Mandarin gu&imacron; from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *kw&schwa;r; akin Tibetan &minute;khor) + bei, the United States (from the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese character meaning “rice,” pronounced m&icaron; in Mandarin, that was used to represent the syllable -me- in early Chinese transliterations of America).
From Japanese 帰米 (kibei, "to go home").