- the standard language of China, based on the speech of Beijing; Mandarin.
- a group of languages of the Sino-Tibetan family, including standard Chinese and most of the other languages of China. Abbreviation: Chin., Chin
- any of the Chinese languages, which vary among themselves to the point of mutual unintelligibility.
- a native or descendant of a native of China.
- of or relating to China, its inhabitants, or one of their languages.
- noting or pertaining to the partly logographic, partly phonetic script used for the writing of Chinese, Japanese, and other languages, consisting of thousands of brushstroke characters written in vertical columns from right to left.
Origin of Chinese
Examples from the Web for chinese
The family was taking some private moments for a closing of the coffin in keeping with Chinese ritual.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
Monitoring Chinese social-media platforms has paid off for the Chinese government.
HONG KONG—Last year, I met a Chinese graduate student on a tour of the northeastern United States before his first day at Harvard.
We ought to seek Chinese cooperation in a response to this North Korean act of aggression.Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 20, 2014
Some experts suggest that other parties, perhaps Iranian or Chinese, may have played some role.Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel
December 20, 2014
We have exacted from him what is at variance with the fixed Chinese policy of ages.
And next a Chinese mandarin, who nods his head at Annie and myself.Little Annie's Ramble (From "Twice Told Tales")
The Chinese visitors were received at the door by Mr. Henry Gladstone.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
She can do anything—sing, talk modern Greek and Chinese—Cadge is wonderful.The Bacillus of Beauty
His language has the richness and sententious fullness of the Chinese.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
- of, relating to, or characteristic of China, its people, or their languages
- plural -nese a native or inhabitant of China or a descendant of one
- any of the languages of China belonging to the Sino-Tibetan family, sometimes regarded as dialects of one language. They share a single writing system that is not phonetic but ideographic. A phonetic system using the Roman alphabet was officially adopted by the Chinese government in 1966See also Mandarin Chinese, Pekingese, Cantonese
Word Origin and History for chinese
1570s, from China + -ese. As a noun from c.1600. Chinee (n.) is a vulgar back-formation from this word on the mistaken notion that the word is a plural. As an adjective, Chinish also was used 16c. Chinese fire-drill "chaotic situation of many people rushing around futilely" is attested by 1962, U.S. military slang. The game Chinese checkers is attested from 1938.