Definitions of Japanese
  1. adjective
    of or relating to or characteristic of Japan or its people or their culture or language
    “the Japanese Emperor”
    Japanese cars”
    synonyms: Nipponese
  2. noun
    a native or inhabitant of Japan
    synonyms: Nipponese
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    a member of the Japanese people living on the Ryukyu Islands southwest of Japan
    Jap, Nip
    (offensive slang) offensive term for a person of Japanese descent
    geisha, geisha girl
    a Japanese woman trained to entertain men with conversation and singing and dancing
    a hereditary military dictator of Japan; the shoguns ruled Japan until the revolution of 1867-68
    type of:
    Asian, Asiatic
    a native or inhabitant of Asia
  3. noun
    the language (usually considered to be Altaic) spoken by the Japanese
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    the language (related to Japanese) that is spoken by the people of the Ryukyu Islands
    type of:
    Altaic, Altaic language
    a group of related languages spoken in Asia and southeastern Europe
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