See also: hokkien
Hokkien edition of Wiktionary


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Borrowed from Min Nan 福建 (Hok-kiàn, “Fujian”).

Proper nounEdit


  1. (chiefly Southeast Asia) A dialect subgroup of the Min Nan branch of the Chinese language which is mainly spoken in the south-eastern part of mainland China (Fujian province), Taiwan, and by overseas Chinese of Hoklo descent.
    • 2011, Shelley Rigger, Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, →ISBN, page 28:
      Almost 90 percent of Taiwan's 6 million occupants at the end of World War II spoke Hokkien.
    • 2020, Tsung-lun Alan Wan, “Language Revitalization and Perceived Language Shift: A Case of Kinmenese Hokkien”, in Jens Damm; Hauke Neddermann, editors, Intercultural Dialogue across Borders: China between Tradition and Modernity[1], Zürich: LIT Verlag, →ISBN, page 106:
      Because Hokkien is the most widely spoken local language (after Mandarin) in both Taiwan and Kinmen, this national language policy – when implemented in Kinmen – resulted in a different perceived language policy.
  2. (chiefly Southeast Asia) A group of Han Chinese people whose traditional ancestral homes are in southern Fujian, South China, especially those that ancestrally spoke the Hokkien language.
  3. (dated) Any person from Fujian.





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See alsoEdit

  • Other branches of Min Nan (limited mutual intelligibility): Teochew (Chaoshan Division); Zhenan Min Division; Zhongshan Min Division; Qiongwen Division; Leizhou Min Division; Longyan Min Division


Hokkien (comparative more Hokkien, superlative most Hokkien)

  1. Of or relating to the Fujianese people.
  2. (chiefly Southeast Asia) Of or relating to the Hokkien language and its dialects or variants.
  3. (dated) Of or relating to the province of Fujian in China.

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