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Chinese

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Min Nan edition of Wiktionary

PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

From China +‎ -ese.

Proper nounEdit

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Chinese

  1. Any of several Sinitic languages spoken in China, especially Literary Chinese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Wu, or Min Nan.
  2. The class of Sino-Tibetan dialects including Mandarin, Wu, Cantonese, Min Nan and others.
  3. The logographic writing system shared by this language family.
    Hong Kong uses traditional Chinese.
  4. Mandarin: the official language of the People's Republic of China

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NounEdit

Chinese (countable and uncountable, plural Chinese)

  1. (uncountable) The people of China.
    The Chinese have an incredible history.
  2. (uncountable) All people of Chinese descent or self-identity
    The Chinese are present in all parts of the world.
  3. (countable) A person from China or of Chinese descent.
    The place was empty till two Chinese walked in.
  4. Chinese food or meal.
    1. (UK, countable, informal) A Chinese meal.
      We're going out tonight for a Chinese.
    2. (North America, uncountable, informal) Chinese food.
      Please don't eat the Chinese ... I'm saving it for later.

Usage notesEdit

As with all nouns formed from -ese, the countable singular form ("I am a Chinese") is uncommon and often taken as incorrect, although it is rather frequent in East Asia as a translation for the demonyms written 中国人 in Chinese characters or Japanese kanji.

SynonymsEdit

  • (person born in China): Chinaman (of a man only; now considered offensive), Chinee (archaic, informal), chink (person or people who comes from China or its descent; ethnic slur; derogatory)

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AdjectiveEdit

Chinese (not comparable)

  1. Of China, its languages or people
    • 1928, Otto Jespersen, An International Language, page 82
      The construction of a verbal system which is fairly regular and at the same time based on existing languages is a most difficult task, because in no other domain of the grammar do languages retain a greater number of ancient irregularities and differ more fundamentally from one another. Still an attempt will be made here to conciliate the two points of view and to bring about something which resembles the simple Chinese grammar without, however, losing its European character or the power of expressing nuances to which we are accustomed in our own languages.
  2. Exotic; unfamiliar; unexpected; used in phrases such as Chinese whispers, Chinese handcuffs, and Chinese checkers.

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SynonymsEdit

  • (of China, its language or people): Sinic, Sino- (prefix)

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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Chinees +‎ -e

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ʃi.ˈneː.sə/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: Chi‧ne‧se

NounEdit

Chinese f (plural Chinesen, masculine Chinees)

  1. female person from China

Related termsEdit

  • China n (China)
  • Chinees m (person from China, male or female)
  • Chinees n (the Chinese language)

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GermanEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /çiˈneːzə/
  • (file)

NounEdit

Chinese m (genitive Chinesen, plural Chinesen)

  1. person from China

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