かな

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Combination of Japanese question particle (ka) + (na).

Particle[edit]

かな (romaji kana)

  1. Expresses wonder or postulation on the part of the speaker: "I wonder", "maybe".
     (かれ) (あや)しい (ひと)かな
    kare wa ayashii hito kana.
    I wonder if he's a suspicious person.
    まあ、そうかな。
    mā, sō kana.
    Well, maybe so.

Etymology 2[edit]

Hiragana rendering of various other words.

Noun[edit]

かな (romaji kana)

  1. 仮名: The hiragana and katakana syllabaries, used to write Japanese words and particles using characters that represent syllables; a hiragana or katakana character.
  2. : Metal; money.
  3. : Thread; loom weaving.
  4. : Alternate reading for kanna, a carpenter's plane.

Proper noun[edit]

かな (romaji Kana)

  1. A female given name:
    1. 香奈
    2. 佳奈
    3. 加奈

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