Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of an indigenous people of Japan, now inhabiting parts of Hokkaido, Sakhalin, and the Kuril Islands.
  • noun The language of the Ainu.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See Aino.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of a peculiar race found primarily in Hokkaido, in the northern part of the empire of Japan, the Kurile Islands, and nearby. They are believed to be the native inhabitants of the Japanese islands. The Ainus are stout and short, with hairy bodies. Also called Aino and hairy Ainu.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the Ainu ethnic group or their language.
  • proper noun An ethnic group on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.
  • proper noun The endangered language spoken by the Ainu ethnic group, generally considered a language isolate with no known relation to other languages.

Etymologies

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

Ainu aynu, person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Ainu アイヌ (aynu)

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