Definition of Chinese

1. Noun. 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.

2. Adjective. Of or pertaining to China or its peoples or cultures. "Chinese food"
Partainyms: China

3. Noun. A native or inhabitant of Communist China or of Nationalist China.

4. Adjective. Of or relating to or characteristic of the island republic on Taiwan or its residents or their language. "The Taiwanese capital is Taipeh"
Exact synonyms: Formosan, Taiwanese
Derivative terms: Formosa
Partainyms: Taiwan

Definition of Chinese

1. a. Of or pertaining to China; peculiar to China.

2. n. sing. & pl. A native or natives of China, or one of that yellow race with oblique eyelids who live principally in China.

Definition of Chinese

1. Proper noun. The class of Sino-Tibetan dialects including Mandarin, Wu, Cantonese, Min Nan and others. Abbreviation: '''Chin''' or '''Chin.''' ¹

2. Proper noun. The logographic writing system shared by this language family. ¹

3. Proper noun. Mandarin, the main language spoken in China. ¹

4. Noun. (context: used as a plural and always preceded by '''the''') The people of China. ¹

5. Noun. All people of Chinese descent or self-identity ¹

6. Noun. A person born in China. ¹

7. Noun. (British countable informal) A Chinese meal. ¹

8. Noun. (North America uncountable informal) Chinese food. ¹

9. Adjective. Of China, its languages or people ¹

10. Adjective. Unexpected, as used in the phrases Chinese whispers, Chinese burn, Chinese auction. ¹

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Definition of Chinese

1. of China [adj]

Chinese Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Chinese

Chinaman on one's back
Chinamen's chances
Chinchilla laniger
Chinese Crested Dog
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Years
Chinese Revolution
Chinese Shan
Chinese Taipei
Chinese Wall
Chinese Walls
Chinese alligator
Chinese angelica
Chinese angelica tree
Chinese anise
Chinese astrology

Literary usage of Chinese

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1908)
"Statistics showing rapid increase in chinese immigration and tonnage employed to provide ... Taxation suggested as method of checking chinese immigration. ..."

2. The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind by Herbert George Wells (1920)
"This may be called the chinese or MONOSYLLABIC group, and it includes chinese, ... The difference between any of these chinese tongues and the more western ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Innocent XI, to whom he had dedicated the chinese translation of the Missal printed at Peking and another work containing his astronomical observations, ..."

4. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"Most of his literary work has been done in chinese (the number of works rendered by him into chinese number» over fifty), and his labors have been ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1887)
"That for the purpose of properly identifying chinese laborers who were in tbe United States on the seventeenth day of November, eighteen hundred and eighty, ..."

6. Cyclopaedia of Political Science, Political Economy, and of the Political by John Joseph Lalor (1883)
"Thus chinese immigration differs from European immigration in being ... That in course of time should their immigration continue, the chinese would bring ..."

7. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1909)
"'A Translation of the Te'ing Wan k'e Mung, a chinese Grammar of the Man- chu Tartar Language,' Shanghai, 1856, 8vo. He also edited translations of the ..."

8. Treaty of Peace with Germany by Germany (1918- ), Germany (1918- ) Treaties, etc. 1918-, Allied and Associated Powers (1914-1920), United States Congress Senate, Germany, etc. 1918 Treaties, June 28 Treaty with Germany, 1919 (1919)
"In deference to the wishes of the Japanese Government, the chinese ... The chinese Government also proposed to agree to three of the four articles relating ..."

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