Definition of Korean in English:

Korean

adjective

  • Relating to North or South Korea or its people or language.

    • ‘Technically, North Korea uses the same Korean language as the one spoken in South Korea.’
    • ‘The commission said its investigators spoke to young Kiribati women and girls who had been involved with Korean fishermen.’
    • ‘Likewise, the new Little Jack's is a cultural experience, with steaks and Korean comforts.’
    • ‘Consequently and unfortunately, Korean Muslims and mosques continue to receive threats.’
    • ‘The Korean way is, sadly, what brought Stoll to South Korea in the first place.’
    • ‘It was headed north toward the Korean Straits between Kyushu and the Korean peninsula.’
    • ‘It had better not do so for the health of Korean capitalism.’
    • ‘From an early date Korean politics turned isolationist with a strong desire to maintain the country's independence.’
    • ‘Looking noticeably flustered, Akiyo turned to Eric and said a few things about me in what sounded like the Korean language.’
    • ‘Pierce came home to North America determined to find sponsors for Korean orphans.’
    • ‘The Chinese audience's enthusiasm was stirred, and the hall resonated with greetings in the Korean language.’
    • ‘Yet despite how he is often mischaracterized in Korean media, being a professional carpenter has never been his priority.’
    • ‘Rather, Seoul needs to seek foreign translators well versed in Korean language and culture.’
    • ‘Since I grew up in America, my Korean language skills are not very good, so communicating with his parents was difficult.’
    • ‘Individuals address one another in the Korean language based on their respective position to each other.’
    • ‘Most Korean parents want their children to retain their Korean language and heritage.’
    • ‘Foreign Minister Solomon Passi suggested that Korean cars be assembled in Bulgaria, Poptodorova said.’
    • ‘Light, witty, candid, and personal, this documentary teaches us more about Korean culture than just kimchi.’
    • ‘According to the embassy, the contest will give encouragement to Korean language students.’
    • ‘At the time, teaching the Korean language or history in schools was banned, and all Koreans had to adopt Japanese names.’

noun

  • 1A native or inhabitant of North or South Korea, or a person of Korean descent.

    • ‘Clearly, intermarriage between Koreans and soldiers was behind the second wave.’
    • ‘I am going to take them to a Korean traditional village where they can experience how Koreans used to live.’
    • ‘In June, Koreans showed the world their power and spirit during the World Cup.’
    • ‘Would such an exercise truly help Koreans gain a sense of empowerment and help them move on from their dark past?’
    • ‘He said he was most concerned about actions of illegal aliens, not ethnic Koreans native to Japan.’
    • ‘It will allow some ethnic Koreans living in Japan to visit their North Korean relatives.’
    • ‘Let us hope that the Korea Train Express will improve the lives of Koreans and be an asset to the nation.’
    • ‘Many Japanese think they can do nothing to persuade the Chinese and Koreans to relent.’
    • ‘Twelve years on, an equally undistinguished result against the Koreans was greeted with nary an insult passed.’
    • ‘The Koreans and the Turks are still way up there, though so are the Czechs and the Slovaks.’
    • ‘As a result, factory work often falls to the poorest Koreans, or to legal or illegal migrant workers.’
    • ‘I tend to agree with him that Koreans should eat what they wish, and let the west take care of their own backyard.’
    • ‘The capital should be preserved as the main city for all Koreans, including our descendants to come.’
    • ‘The Koreans outplayed the Indian team with swift clinical and calibrated moves from the wings.’
    • ‘My advice to young Koreans is that it is a wonderful country to live in.’
    • ‘The fear at home is simply that the Koreans will be the first host nation not to make it through the first round.’
    • ‘Fellow Koreans, now is the time to make our society a better place to live and to make all of our dreams and hopes come true.’
    • ‘In doing this, he renewed an issue many Koreans and Chinese feel very strongly about.’
    • ‘Still, this is no excuse for ending the effort to seek the understanding of Chinese and Koreans.’
    • ‘There are a lot of Chinese women here who are not ethnic Koreans, and their life is much harder.’
  • 2The language of Korea, which has has its own writing system and may be distantly related to Japanese.

    • ‘Unfortunately, our Chinese, Japanese and Korean is not too good, otherwise we'd link to those sites all the time.’
    • ‘This happened even though the mothers spoke only in Korean when they interacted with their children.’
    • ‘The governor said Thai guides would be regularly offered training courses in Korean and other languages.’
    • ‘The Koreans sang and chanted throughout the march in Spanish, English and Korean.’
    • ‘The system can now be used for any language apart from Japanese, Chinese and Korean, which have too many characters.’
    • ‘She had been told that the young chef came from Korea, so she replied in Korean, a language Pascal could not understand at all.’
    • ‘Apart from English, Catherine can speak basic Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Thai.’
    • ‘The book has been translated into English, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Greek.’
    • ‘The island is known as Takeshima in Japanese, Tokto in Korean and the Liancourt Rocks in English.’
    • ‘One of them saw the girls and yelled in an indiscernible language, maybe Korean.’
    • ‘Both schools offered courses in Chinese and Korean as foreign language classes.’
    • ‘Rules of the Road is available in English, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Persian and Spanish.’
    • ‘The Tianjin People's Broadcasting Station will offer programmes in Korean beginning today.’
    • ‘The main culprits appeared to be Japanese, Korean and Italian.’
    • ‘A list of all formulae named either in Chinese, Japanese or Korean or in two of these languages was made.’
    • ‘I wonder whether Mr John Davy can speak Chinese, Korean, and Japanese, on top of his other skills?’
    • ‘The island is called Takeshima in Japanese and Tokto in Korean.’
    • ‘Later these were translated into Tibetan, Chinese, Mongolian, Korean, Japanese and so forth.’
    • ‘Also included on this disc are subtitles in English, French, Spanish, and Korean.’
    • ‘Many features of Korean separate it from English and other Indo-European languages.’

Pronunciation:

Korean

/kəˈrēən/