noun, often capitalized
si·​nol·​o·​gy | \ sī-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce sinology (audio) , sə- \

Definition of sinology

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

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Other Words from sinology

sinological \ ˌsī-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce sinology (audio) , ˌsi-​ \ adjective, often capitalized
sinologist \ sī-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce sinology (audio) , sə-​ \ noun, often capitalized

Examples of sinology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Arlt, the German tour operator, who is now a professor in sinology specializing in Chinese tourism, is skeptical. Jenni Marsh, CNN, 29 July 2019

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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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The first known use of sinology was circa 1882

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“Sinology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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