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Definition of the noun korean

What does korean mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: Koreans

  1. a native or inhabitant of Korea who speaks the Korean language
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: Asian / Asiatic = a native or inhabitant of Asia
    • more specific terms:
  2. the Altaic language spoken by Koreans

Alternative definition of the noun korean


  1. Designation given to the indigenous or naturalized people occupying the Korean Peninsula on the Asian continent, in either North Korea or South Korea.

Definition of the adjective korean

What does korean mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more korean / most korean

  1. of or relating to or characteristic of Korea or its people or language

Alternative definition of the adjective korean


  1. of or relating to the Asian Peninsula comprising North Korea and South Korea.


Korean a.k.a. Korea, called Hanguk in South Korea and Joseon in North Korea, is an East Asian territory that is divided into two distinct sovereign states, North Korea and South Korea. Located on the Korean Peninsula, Korea is bordered by China to the northwest and Russia to the northeast. It is separated from Japan to the east by the Korea Strait and the East Sea. The adoption of the Chinese writing system in the 2nd century BC and the introduction of Buddhism in the 4th century AD had profound effects on the Three Kingdoms of Korea, which was first united during Silla under King Munmu. The united Silla fell to Goryeo in 935 at the end of the Later Three Kingdoms period. Goryeo was a highly cultured state and created the Jikji in the 14th century. The invasions by the Mongolians in the 13th century, however, greatly weakened the nation, which was forced to become a tributary state. After the Mongol Empire's collapse, severe political strife followed. The Ming-allied Joseon emerged supreme in 1388.


  1. Korean a.k.a. Korean Language: Korean is the official language of South Korea and North Korea, as well as one of the two official languages in China's Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture. About 80 million people speak Korean worldwide. For over a millennium, Korean was written with adapted Chinese characters called hanja, complemented by phonetic systems like hyangchal, gugyeol, and idu. In the 15th century, a national writing system called Hangeul was commissioned by Sejong the Great, but it only came into widespread use in the 20th century, because of the yangban aristocracy's preference for hanja.
  2. Korean a.k.a. Koreans: The Korean people are an ethnic group originating in the Korean peninsula and Manchuria.
  3. Korean a.k.a. Korean food: Korean cuisine has evolved through centuries of social and political change. Originating from ancient agricultural and nomadic traditions in southern Manchuria and the Korean peninsula, Korean cuisine has evolved through a complex interaction of the natural environment and different cultural trends.
  4. Korean is a language.
  5. Korean is a TV program.
    • country: South Korea
    • award:
      • PaekSang Arts Award for Best TV Drama
      • PaekSang Arts Award for Best TV Drama
  6. Korean is an human language.
  7. korean is a text encoding.

Phrases with Korean

Phrases starting with the word Korean:

  1. korean war
  2. Korean Hare
  3. Korean Pine
  4. Korean Wave
  5. Korean Cherry
  6. Korean Clover
  7. korean strait
  8. Korean English
  9. Korean Language
  10. Korean Mackerel
  11. Korean Rockfern
  12. Korean Seerfish
  13. Korean Lawngrass
  14. korean lespedeza

Phrases ending with the word Korean:

  1. Old Korean
  2. Sino-Korean
  3. north korean
  4. south korean
  5. Middle Korean
  6. Modern Korean

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Korean

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Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World (2010)

Indigenous Korean vocabulary is highly polysyllabic in structure, a feature that is put to good use in sound imitation. Of the world's languages, Korean is one of the most highly onomatopoetic languages.

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Quotes about Korean

So South Korean ability is very much limited to handle North Korean, you know, difficulties. So we don't want to see an immediate collapse of the North Korea regime. (Kim Dae Jung)
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Scrabble value of K5O1R1E1A1N1

The value of this 6-letter word is 10 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of KOREAN

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