Pekingese

noun
Pe·​king·​ese | \ ˌpē-kə-ˈnēz How to pronounce Pekingese (audio) , -ˈnēs; -kiŋ-ˈēz, -ˈēs How to pronounce Pekingese (audio) \
variants: or Pekinese
plural Pekingese or Pekinese

Definition of Pekingese

1a : the Chinese dialect of Beijing
b : a native or resident of Beijing
2 : any of a Chinese breed of small short-legged dogs with a broad flat face and a profuse long soft coat

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First Known Use of Pekingese

1849, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Pekingese

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English Language Learners Definition of Pekingese

: a small dog with a flat face and long, soft fur

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