sinology

noun, often capitalized
si·​nol·​o·​gy | \sī-ˈnä-lə-jē, sə-\

Definition of sinology 

: the study of the Chinese and especially their language, literature, history, and culture

Other Words from sinology

sinological \ ˌsī-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl , ˌsi-​ \ adjective often capitalized
sinologist \ sī-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist , sə-​ \ noun often capitalized

First Known Use of sinology

circa 1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sinology

probably from French sinologie, from sino- + -logie -logy

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