Man·​chu ˈman-(ˌ)chü How to pronounce Manchu (audio)
plural Manchu or Manchus
: a member of an indigenous people of Manchuria who conquered China and established a dynasty there in 1644
: the Tungusic language of the Manchu people
Manchu adjective

Examples of Manchu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The only major exception is over the Russian Far East, which Tsarist Russia took from the Manchu Qing Empire in 1860. Steve Tsang, TIME, 11 May 2024 In 1912, the British novelist Sax Rohmer, a white man, invented a character who epitomized the West’s fears and fantasies about the Orient: Dr. Fu Manchu. WIRED, 9 Aug. 2023 She was born in Beijing into the family of a Manchu prince who, after the violent 1911 collapse of the Qing Dynasty, sent her to be raised by his friend, a Japanese ultranationalist in Tokyo, who changed her name from Dongzhen. Scott Martelle, Washington Post, 3 May 2023 Certain Manchu customs were indeed imposed on the Han. Ian Buruma, Harper’s Magazine , 18 Jan. 2022 But the Manchu elite gradually absorbed Han culture. Ian Buruma, Harper's Magazine, 11 Jan. 2022 The historical drama takes place during the Second Manchu invasion of Korea in 1636. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 3 Nov. 2021

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Word History


ultimately from Manchu manju, a self-designation

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Manchu was in 1697

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Cite this Entry

“Manchu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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Man·​chu ˈman-chü How to pronounce Manchu (audio)
: a member of an Indigenous people of Manchuria who conquered China and established a dynasty there in 1644
: the language of the Manchu people
Manchu adjective

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