Chinese

Primary Meanings of Chinese

1.
adjn
of or pertaining to China or its peoples or cultures
a native or inhabitant of Communist China or of Nationalist China
2.
n
any of the Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in China; regarded as dialects of a single language (even though they are mutually unintelligible) because they share an ideographic writing system
Full Definitions of Chinese
1

adj of or pertaining to China or its peoples or cultures

Chinese food”

adj of or relating to or characteristic of the island republic on Taiwan or its residents or their language

Synonyms:
Formosan, Taiwanese

n a native or inhabitant of Communist China or of Nationalist China

Types:
Boxer
a member of a nationalistic Chinese secret society that led an unsuccessful rebellion in 1900 against foreign interests in China
Hakka
a member of a people of southeastern China (especially Hong Kong, Canton, and Taiwan) who migrated from the north in the 12th century
mandarin
a high public official of imperial China
Type of:
Asian, Asiatic
a native or inhabitant of Asia
2

n any of the Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in China; regarded as dialects of a single language (even though they are mutually unintelligible) because they share an ideographic writing system

Types:
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Beijing dialect, Mandarin, Mandarin Chinese, Mandarin dialect
the dialect of Chinese spoken in Beijing and adopted as the official language for all of China
Shanghai dialect, Wu, Wu dialect
a dialect of Chinese spoken in the Yangtze delta
Cantonese, Cantonese dialect, Yue, Yue dialect
the dialect of Chinese spoken in Canton and neighboring provinces and in Hong Kong and elsewhere outside China
Amoy, Fukien, Fukkianese, Hokkianese, Min, Min dialect, Taiwanese
any of the forms of Chinese spoken in Fukien province
Hakka, Hakka dialect
a dialect of Chinese spoken in southeastern China by the Hakka
Type of:
Sinitic, Sinitic language
a group of Sino-Tibetan languages

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