Definition of issei in English:


nounplural noun issei

North American
  • A Japanese immigrant to North America.

    Compare with nisei and sansei

    ‘It's been almost 100 years since the issei, or first-generation Japanese Americans, moved to Bainbridge, and today there are several ways to experience their heritage.’
    • ‘The Japanese form of primogeniture dictated, for the issei generation of women, that the transfer of familial power and property was from husband to first-born son.’
    • ‘Many critics have observed that Yamamoto is not unsympathetic to the plight of issei men.’



/ˈēsā/ /ˈiseɪ/


Japanese, literally ‘generation’.