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Wade–Giles

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noun \ˈwād-ˈgī(-ə)lz, -ˈjī(-ə)lz\

Definition of Wade–Giles

  1. :  a system for romanizing Chinese ideograms in which tones are indicated by superscript numbers and consonantal aspiration is indicated by an apostrophe — compare pinyin



Origin of wade–giles

Thomas F. Wade †1895 British diplomat & Herbert A. Giles †1935 British sinologist


First Known Use: 1943


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