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

Example Sentences

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 1 Feb. 2023.

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