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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010
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Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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Noun

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Wikipedia has an article on:
Singular
Chinese
Plural
countable and uncountable; plural Chinese
Chinese (countable and uncountable; plural Chinese)
  1. (uncountable) The class of Sino-Tibetan dialects including Mandarin, Wu, Cantonese, Min Nan and others. Abbreviation: Chin or Chin.
  2. (uncountable) The logographic writing system shared by this language family.
    • Hong Kong uses traditional Chinese.
  3. (uncountable) Mandarin, the main language spoken in China.
  4. (used as a plural and always preceded by the) The people of China.
    • The Chinese have an incredible history.
  5. All people of Chinese descent or self-identity
    • The Chinese are present in all parts of the world.
  6. (countable) A person born in China.
    • The place was empty till two Chinese walked in.
  7. (British, countable, informal) A Chinese meal.
    • We're going out tonight for a Chinese.
  8. (North American, uncountable, informal) Chinese food.
    • Do you care for Chinese tonight?

Usage notes

  • A determiner is required in the sense of "the Chinese people".

Synonyms

  • (language): Chinese language
  • (writing system): Chinese writing system
  • (Mandarin): Mandarin, Mandarin Chinese
  • (the people of China): Chinese people
  • (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; ethinic slur; derogatory)
  • (Chinese meal): Chinese meal
  • (Chinese food): Chinese food

Derived terms

Related terms

  • China
  • Chinean, Chinian
  • Chinish
  • Sineish, Sinish
  • chinesery
  • Chinesian

Translations

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Adjective

Chinese (comparative more Chinese, superlative most Chinese)
Positive
Chinese
Comparative
more Chinese
Superlative
most Chinese
  1. Of China, its languages or people
  2. Unexpected, as used in the phrases Chinese whispers, Chinese burn, Chinese auction.

Synonyms

  • (of China, its language or people): Sinic, Sino- (prefix)

Translations

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Pronunciation

Noun

Chinese f. (plural Chinesen)
  1. female person from China

Related terms

  • China n. (China)
  • Chinees m. (person from China, male or female)
  • Chinees n. (the Chinese language)

German

Noun

Chinese m. (genitive Chinesen, plural Chinesen)
  1. male person from China

Related terms

  • Chinesin f. (female person from China)

Citable sentences

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