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red; revolutionary; prosperity; bonus; popular
to cover; to wrap; to hold; to include; to take charge of; package; wrapper; container; bag; to hold or embrace; bundle; packet; to contract (to or for)
trad. (紅包)
simp. (红包)
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  1. red envelope; red packet (monetary gift which is given during holidays or special occasions, such as the Chinese New Year)
    恭喜發財紅包 [MSC, trad.]
    恭喜发财红包 [MSC, simp.]
    Gōngxǐ fācái, hóngbāo ná lái! [Pinyin]
    (a cheeky request for a red packet of lucky money)
  2. bonus payment
  3. bribe; kickback


Dialectal synonyms of 紅包 (“red envelope”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 紅包
Mandarin Beijing 紅包兒
Taiwan 紅包
Cantonese Guangzhou 利市
Hong Kong 利市
Taishan 利市
Hakka Meixian 利市
Miaoli (N. Sixian) 紅包
Liudui (S. Sixian) 紅包
Hsinchu (Hailu) 紅包
Dongshi (Dabu) 紅包
Hsinchu (Raoping) 紅包
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 紅包
Min Nan Xiamen 紅包
Quanzhou 紅包
Zhangzhou 紅包
Taipei 紅包
Kaohsiung 紅包
Penang 紅包
Singapore 紅包
Philippines (Manila) 紅包


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