Etymology
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Japanese (adj.)

1580s, Iapones; see Japan + -ese. As a noun from c. 1600; meaning "the Japanese language" is from 1828. As nouns Purchas has Iaponite (1613), Hakluyt Japonian. The destructive Japanese beetle attested from 1919, accidentally introduced in U.S. 1916 in larval stage in a shipment of Japanese iris.

updated on January 24, 2016

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Definitions of Japanese from WordNet
1
Japanese (n.)
a native or inhabitant of Japan;
Synonyms: Nipponese
Japanese (n.)
the language (usually considered to be Altaic) spoken by the Japanese;
2
Japanese (adj.)
of or relating to or characteristic of Japan or its people or their culture or language;
Synonyms: Nipponese
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.

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