nounpl. -·bei′ or -·beis′
[alsoK-] 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 Mandaringuī) ( from Proto-Sino-Tibetan kwər ) ( 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").