- a member of a Tungusic people of Manchuria who conquered China in the 17th century and established a dynasty there (Manchu dynasty or Ch'ing 1644–1912).
- a Tungusic language spoken by the Manchu.
- of or relating to the Manchu, their country, or their language.
Examples from the Web for manchu
In 1644 China was conquered by the Manchu dynasty, which still reigns.
He still retains the title of Manchu Emperor, but with his death the title will cease.
Manchu, the language of the conquerors, is still kept alive at Peking.The Civilization Of China
Herbert A. Giles
Manchu rule, its anti-opium policy one of the causes of its overthrow, 26.A Wayfarer in China
In addition the Manchu bandits could not even protect themselves.China and the Manchus
Herbert Allen Giles
- plural -chus or -chu a member of a Mongoloid people of Manchuria who conquered China in the 17th century, establishing an imperial dynasty that lasted until 1912
- the language of this people, belonging to the Tungusic branch of the Altaic family
- Also: Ching of or relating to the dynasty of the Manchus
Word Origin and History for manchu
1650s, member of Tungusic race of Manchuria which conquered China in 1644 and remained its ruling class until the Revolution of 1912. From Manchu, literally "pure," name of the tribe descended from the Nu-chen Tartars.