Definition of hiragana in English:



mass noun
  • The more cursive form of kana (syllabic writing) used in Japanese, primarily used for function words and inflections.

    Compare with katakana
    • ‘Japanese grammar is in an easy script, hiragana, in which each symbol is a semi syllable, as in hi-ra-ga-na.’
    • ‘I've pretty much done the hiragana and katakana sections now, which was a major stumbling block.’
    • ‘In modern written Japanese, kanji, hiragana, and katakana are combined.’
    • ‘The real principle at work is that hiragana is the default, while katakana is marked.’
    • ‘The main predictors of first graders’ reading speed were RAN tasks: kanji and hiragana.’


Japanese, ‘plain kana’.