Chi·​nese | \ chī-ˈnēz How to pronounce Chinese (audio) , -ˈnēs How to pronounce Chinese (audio) \
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Definition of Chinese

1a : 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

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Other Words from Chinese

Chinese adjective

Examples of Chinese in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of Chinese

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of Chinese

: the people of China : Chinese people
: any one of a group of closely related languages that are spoken in China


Chi·​nese | \ chī-ˈnēz How to pronounce Chinese (audio) \

Kids Definition of Chinese

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to China, the Chinese people, or the languages of China


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Kids Definition of Chinese (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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