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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Wade-Giles was in 1943

Dictionary Entries Near Wade-Giles

Cite this Entry

“Wade-Giles.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wade-Giles. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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