Definition of katakana noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

katakana

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌkætəˈkɑːnə//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkætəˈkɑːnə//
 
[uncountable](from Japanese)
 
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a set of symbols used in Japanese writing, used especially to write foreign words or to represent noises compare hiragana Word Origin early 18th cent.: Japanese, literally ‘side kana’ (syllabic writing).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: katakana