Wade-Giles

noun
\ ˈwād-ˈgī(-ə)lz How to pronounce Wade-Giles (audio) , -ˈjī(-ə)lz \

Definition of Wade-Giles

: a system for romanizing Chinese ideograms in which tones are indicated by superscript numbers and consonantal aspiration is indicated by an apostrophe — compare pinyin

First Known Use of Wade-Giles

1943, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Wade-Giles

Thomas F. Wade †1895 British diplomat & Herbert A. Giles †1935 British sinologist

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“Wade-Giles.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wade-Giles. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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