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Etymology 1Edit

From the pinyin romanization of Chinese (xiàn)

 
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NounEdit

xian (plural xians)

  1. (China) An administrative subdivision of imperial, republican, and communist China roughly equivalent to counties, now distinguished from the more urban "districts" (qu).
SynonymsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

An alternative capitalization of Xian.

NounEdit

xian (plural xians)

  1. (sometimes derogatory or offensive) Alternative form of Xian: Christian.

AdjectiveEdit

xian (not comparable)

  1. (sometimes derogatory or offensive) Alternative form of Xian: Christian.
    • 1993, Emerson, Mary Moody, Simmons, Nancy Craig, editor, The Selected Letters of Mary Moody Emerson, Athens: University of Georgia Press, page 242:
      But what an epoch in the xian world—what a time for a xian Orator to make a deep & eternal impression on socity[sic].

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MandarinEdit

RomanizationEdit

xian

  1. Nonstandard spelling of xiān.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of xián.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of xiǎn.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of xiàn.

Usage notesEdit

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.