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For pronunciation and definitions of – see 中國 (“China; the Middle Kingdom; Central State; the Chūgoku region of Japan; etc.”).
(This term, 中国, is the simplified form of 中國.)
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Etymology 1Edit

 
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Kanji in this term
ちゅう
Grade: 1
こく > ごく
Grade: 2
on’yomi

From Middle Chinese 中國 (MC ʈɨuŋ kwək̚, literally “central country”). Compare modern Cantonese 中國 (zung1 gwok3).

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Proper nounEdit

中国 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 中國, hiragana ちゅうごく, rōmaji Chūgoku)

  1. China, especially short for 中華人民共和国 (Chūka Jinmin Kyōwakoku), the People's Republic of China
    • 1998 November 30 [Nov 25 1990], Fujiko F. Fujio, のびとアニマル惑星プラネット [Nobita and the Animal Planet] (大長編ドラえもん; 10), volume 10 (fiction), 22nd edition, Tokyo: Shogakukan, →ISBN, page 27:
      ねえねえ、 (いま) () ()みた⁉
      Nē nē, ima no chizu mita⁉
      Hey look, isn’t that a map⁉
      みた!いったいここはなんという (くに)だろう。
      Mita! Ittai koko wa nan to iu kuni darō.
      It is! And what country is this anyway?
      クニ?クニってなあに。
      Kuni? Kuni tte nāni.
      Country? What’s a country?
      アメリカとか (ちゅう) (ごく)とかいろいろあるじゃない。
      Amerika toka Chūgoku toka iroiro aru ja nai.
      There are countries like America and China, aren’t there?
      ぼくらは (にっ) (ぽん)からきたんだけど…。
      Bokura wa Nippon kara kitan dakedo….
      We’re from Japan, by the way….
      ニッポン?きいたことない。
      Nippon? Kiita koto nai.
      Japan? I’ve never heard of that before.
Derived termsEdit
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Etymology 2Edit

Kanji in this term
ちゅう
Grade: 1
こく > ごく
Grade: 2
on’yomi

From Middle Chinese 中國 (MC ʈɨuŋ kwək̚). (Can this(+) etymology be sourced?)

Analyzable as a compound of (chū, center, middle) +‎ (koku, country). The koku changes to goku as an instance of rendaku (連濁).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

中国 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 中國, hiragana ちゅうごく, rōmaji chūgoku)

  1. the central part of a country, historically, commonly known as the capital city or the main region, where an emperor or other ruler resides
  2. something within a country
  3. (historical) under the 律令 (Ritsuryō) system, a province of the third rank according to a four-rank system based on population and area
  4. (historical) under the 律令 (Ritsuryō) system, a province of the second rank according to the distance from the capital city
  5. collective term for the 山陽道 (San'yōdō) and 山陰道 (San'indō) regions of Japan
Derived termsEdit

Proper nounEdit

中国 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 中國, hiragana ちゅうごく, rōmaji Chūgoku)

  1. Short for 中国地方 (Chūgoku chihō): the Chūgoku region of Japan

Etymology 3Edit

Kanji in this term
なか
Grade: 1
くに
Grade: 2
kun’yomi

From (naka, center, middle) +‎ (kuni, country).

Proper nounEdit

中国 (shinjitai kanji, kyūjitai kanji 中國, hiragana なかくに, rōmaji Nakakuni)

  1. a surname

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1997, 新明解国語辞典 (Shin Meikai Kokugo Jiten), Fifth Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN
  2. ^ 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN


ZhuangEdit

Proper nounEdit

中国

  1. Sawndip form of Cunghgoz