Si·​nit·​ic sī-ˈni-tik How to pronounce Sinitic (audio)
: of or relating to the Chinese, their language, or their culture

Word History


Late Latin Sinae, plural, Chinese + English -itic (as in Semitic) — more at sino-

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Sinitic was in 1859

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Cite this Entry

“Sinitic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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