from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Japanese system of writing based on borrowed or modified Chinese characters.
  • n. A character used in this system of writing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Chinese characters as used for the Japanese language.


Japanese : kan, Chinese (from Middle Chinese xanh) + ji, characters (from Middle Chinese dzih).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Romanization of Japanese 漢字 (かんじ) (literally “Chinese characters”), from the Mandarin Chinese 漢字 (hànzì). (Wiktionary)


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  • The original Wordnik mandate had an implied "English" in there ... so "All the (English) words." We'll get to all the other languages eventually, provided they form an orderly queue. :-)

    November 21, 2009

  • 'All the words'? Only if our available fonts include all these characters.

    November 21, 2009

  • I believe 'kan' means "ancient Chinese" 'ji' means "character, letter"

    July 16, 2009

  • ideograph

    May 19, 2009