Chinese

noun

Chi·​nese chī-ˈnēz How to pronounce Chinese (audio) -ˈnēs How to pronounce Chinese (audio)
plural Chinese
1
a
: a native or inhabitant of China
b
: a person of Chinese descent
2
: a group of related languages used by the people of China that are often mutually unintelligible in their spoken form but share a single system of writing and that constitute a branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family
especially : mandarin
Chinese adjective

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Example Sentences

the customs of the Chinese He is learning to speak Chinese.

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of Chinese was in 1606

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Cite this Entry

“Chinese.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Chinese. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

Chinese 1 of 2

adjective

Chi·​nese chī-ˈnēz How to pronounce Chinese (audio)
: of or relating to China, the Chinese people, or the languages of China

Chinese

2 of 2

noun

plural Chinese
1
: a person born or living in China
2
: a group of related languages used in China

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