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

  • n. A non-Japanese person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A non-Japanese person.


Japanese : gai, outside, foreign (from Middle Chinese ŋwajh) + jin, person; see jinriksha.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 外人 (がいじん, gaijin), foreigner. (Wiktionary)



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    May 14, 2009

  • "Foreigner." Considered politically incorrect.

    March 26, 2009

  • Great word!

    April 20, 2007