Kibei definition

kē-bā
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A person born in the United States of Japanese immigrant parents and educated chiefly in Japan.
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A native U.S. citizen born of immigrant Japanese parents but educated largely in Japan.
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(US) A Japanese-American who is born in the United States but primarily educated in Japan.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kibei
Plural:
kibeis

Origin of kibei

  • Japanese to return to the United States, Kibei ki return (from Middle Chinese kyj) (also the source of Mandarin guī) (from Proto-Sino-Tibetan kwər) (akin Tibetan 'khor) bei the United States (from the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese character meaning “rice,” pronounced mǐ) (in Mandarin, that was used to represent the syllable -me-) (in early Chinese transliterations of America)

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

  • From Japanese 帰米 (kibei, "to go home").

    From Wiktionary