pinyin

noun, often capitalized pin·yin \ ˈpin-ˈyin \

Definition of pinyin

: a system for romanizing Chinese ideograms in which tones are indicated by diacritics and unaspirated consonants are transcribed as voiced — compare wade-giles

Origin and Etymology of pinyin

Chinese (Beijing) pīnyīn to spell phonetically, from pīn to arrange + yīn sound, pronunciation


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