Meaning of hiragana in English:


Pronunciation /ˌhɪrəˈɡɑːnə/


mass noun
  • The more cursive form of kana (syllabic writing) used in Japanese, primarily used for function words and inflections.

    Compare with katakana

    ‘In modern written Japanese, kanji, hiragana, and katakana are combined.’
    • ‘Japanese grammar is in an easy script, hiragana, in which each symbol is a semi syllable, as in hi-ra-ga-na.’
    • ‘The real principle at work is that hiragana is the default, while katakana is marked.’
    • ‘The main predictors of first graders’ reading speed were RAN tasks: kanji and hiragana.’
    • ‘I've pretty much done the hiragana and katakana sections now, which was a major stumbling block.’


Japanese, ‘plain kana’.