Pronunciation: ( jap"u-nēz', -nēs'), [key]
—adj., n., pl. -nese.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Japan, its people, or their language.
1. a native or inhabitant of Japan.
2. a person of Japanese ancestry.
3. the language of Japan. Abbr.: Japn., Japn
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