Kanji meaning

känjē
A Japanese system of writing based on borrowed or modified Chinese characters.
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The portion of the Japanese writing system whose characters are based on Chinese ideographs.
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Any of these characters.
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A character used in this system of writing.
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Alternative capitalization of kanji.
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Origin of kanji

  • Japanese kan Chinese (from Middle Chinese xan`) Han1 ji character (from Middle Chinese dzɨh) (also the source of Mandarin ) (and akin to Mandarin zǐ child, since certain characters were said to be derived from simpler characters) (and ultimately derived from Proto-Sino-Tibetan tsa child) (Tibetan tsha grandchild)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition