from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A relatively angular kana used for writing foreign words or official documents, such as telegrams.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A Japanese syllabary used when writing words borrowed from foreign languages other than Chinese, specific names of plants and animals and other jargon, or to emphasize a word or phrase.
- n. A letter thereof
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the two styles of writing the syllabary of 48 letters in use among the Japanese, the other being hiragana.
Japanese : kata, one + kana, kana; see kana.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 片仮名 (katakana). (Wiktionary)