A non-Japanese person.
Other Word Forms of Gaijin
Origin of Gaijin
From Japanese 外人 (gaijin がいじん "foreigner"), from Middle Chinese 外人 (ngwàj-nyin) (compare Mandarin wàirén 外人), from Old Chinese (*ŋʷˁat-s ning "foreigner", "outsider" < "non-relative"), from 外 ("outside", "outer") + 人 ("person").
Japanese gai outside, foreign (from Middle Chinese ŋuaj`) jin person jinriksha
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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