English - Pronunciation
- enPR: chī-nēzʹ, IPA(key): /ˌtʃaɪˈniːz/
- Rhymes: -iːz
English - Proper Noun
- Any of several Sinitic languages spoken in China, especially Literary Chinese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Wu, or Min Nan.
- The class of Sino-Tibetan dialects including Mandarin, Wu, Cantonese, Min Nan and others.
- The logographic writing system shared by this language family.
- Mandarin: the official language of the People's Republic of China
- (language): Classical Chinese, Mandarin Chinese, Middle Chinese, Old Chinese, Standard Written Chinese, Vernacular Chinese
- (writing system): Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
English - Noun
- (uncountable) The people of China.
- (uncountable) All people of Chinese descent or self-identity
- (countable) A person from China or of Chinese descent.
- Chinese food or meal.
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.
- (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)
- Chinean, Chinian
- Sineish, Sinish
English - Adjective
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.
- 1928, Otto Jespersen, An International Language, page 82
- Exotic; unfamiliar; unexpected; used in phrases such as Chinese whispers, Chinese handcuffs, and Chinese checkers.
- Chinese checkers
- Chinese handcuffs
- Chinese lantern
- Chinese paper
- Chinese room
- Chinese wax
- Chinese whispers
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Dutch - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /ʃi.ˈneː.sə/
- Hyphenation: Chi‧ne‧se
Dutch - Noun
Dutch - Anagrams
German - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /çiˈneːzə/