Nisei definition

nē-sā, nēsā
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A person born to parents who emigrated from Japan.
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A native U.S. or Canadian citizen born of immigrant Japanese parents and educated in America.
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An American whose parents were Japanese immigrants.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
nisei
Plural:
niseis

Origin of nisei

  • Japanese ni two, second (from Early Middle Chinese ɲih) (also the source of Mandarin èr) sei generation (from Middle Chinese ʂaj`) (also the source of Mandarin shì) ((the Middle Chinese form ultimately being from Proto-Sino-Tibetan lap leaf, in reference to the renewal of foliage with each year))

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

  • Japanese 二世 (にせい, nisei), from 二 (ni-) "˜second' + 世 (sei) "˜generation'.

    From Wiktionary