Meaning of keitai in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkeɪtʌɪ/

nounkeitai, keitais

  • (in Japan) a mobile phone.

    ‘In order to breach this communication hurdle all they have to do is send off a quick text message on their keitai.’
    • ‘But now, people are walled inside their own little world with their keitai and aren't even aware of what they're doing in public.’
    • ‘You take your world with you when you have your keitai in your hand.’
    • ‘My keitai had picked up the caller's number, but I didn't recognize it - nor was there any voicemail waiting for me.’
    • ‘My keitai sure doesn't take this good of pictures, and I am too dumb to think of buying a digital camera.’


Japanese, literally ‘portable’, short for keitai denwa ‘mobile phone’.