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[mass noun] A system of Japanese writing using Chinese characters, used primarily for content words.Compare with kana
- ‘Japanese features three reading systems: hiragana, katakana and kanji.’
- ‘If the name is written in kanji, or picture characters, the chances go down.’
- ‘Most texts incorporate both kana and kanji systems.’
- ‘With tens of thousands of Japanese characters - or kanji, based on Chinese ideograms - to choose from, the possibilities would seem limitless.’
- ‘Forty-nine percent said they can read some kanji Chinese characters.’
- ‘Thus, the systematic combination of kanji and kana, and to a limited extent, of romaji in the Japanese orthography, provides rich sources for research and pedagogy.’
- ‘The key words are usually in Chinese characters, the traditional kanji.’
- ‘Reflecting the change in Japanese consumers' attitudes, supermarket operators are beginning to show tags in kanji characters for North Korean products.’
- ‘Buddhist temple coins here in Japan are inscribed with kana syllables, not kanji ideograms.’
- ‘Written Japanese consists of three types of characters: kanji, hiragana, and katakana.’
Japanese, from kan Chinese + ji character.
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