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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from sinology

sinological \ ˌsī-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce sinological (audio) , ˌsi-​ \ adjective, often capitalized
sinologist \ sī-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce sinologist (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, "The foreign footballers giving up their passports to become Chinese," 29 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sinology.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sinology

Time Traveler for sinology

Time Traveler

The first known use of sinology was circa 1882

See more words from the same year

Statistics for sinology

Cite this Entry

“Sinology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

Comments on sinology

What made you want to look up sinology? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!