- Part of speech: adjective
- Origin: Japanese, 1980s
- (in the context of Japanese popular culture) cute.n style.
Examples of Kawaii in a sentence
"Her bedroom is decorated in a kawaii style."
"The litter of kittens is so kawaii."
The simplest explanation of kawaii might be "cuteness inspired by Japanese culture." There's not a strict definition of kawaii, but think pastels, cute cartoon creatures, pigtails, and glitter. It started in Japan but has spread around the world, influencing everything from fashion to entertainment to food.
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