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noun Pinyin, Wade-Giles.
  1. a city in and the capital of Hunan province, in SE China.


  1. Pinyin, Wade-Giles. a province in S China. 81,274 sq. mi. (210,500 sq. km). Capital: Changsha.
  2. Also Hu·nam [hoo-nahm] /ˈhuˈnɑm/. Chinese Cookery. a style of cooking from this province, characterized especially by the use of hot peppers.
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Historical Examples

  • For a week a series of meetings were held in Changsha, the capital of the province.

    China, Japan and the U.S.A.

    John Dewey

  • At Changsha matters were not nearly so far advanced as they were at Nanking.

    Changing China

    William Gascoyne-Cecil

  • There were several other stories told at Changsha to the same effect.

    Changing China

    William Gascoyne-Cecil

  • After that, it proceeds to Chuchow and Changsha, the capital of Hunan.

  • As it was, he set the first example of true patriotism, and he had the immediate satisfaction of saving Changsha.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume I

    Demetrius Charles Boulger

British Dictionary definitions for changsha



  1. a port in SE China, capital of Hunan province, on the Xiang River. Pop: 2 051 000 (2005 est)


  1. a province of S China, between the Yangtze River and the Nan Ling Mountains: drained chiefly by the Xiang and Yüan Rivers; valuable mineral resources. Capital: Changsha. Pop: 66 630 000 (2003 est). Area: 210 500 sq km (82 095 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for changsha


Chinese province, literally "south of the lake" (Lake Dongting), from hu "lake" + nan "south."

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