si·​nol·​o·​gy sī-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce sinology (audio)
often capitalized
: the study of the Chinese and especially their language, literature, history, and culture
sinological adjective often capitalized
sinologist 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sinology was circa 1882

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Cite this Entry

“Sinology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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