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[pee-king, pey-; Chinese bey-jing] /ˈpiˈkɪŋ, ˈpeɪ-; Chinese ˈbeɪˈdʒɪŋ/
Older Spelling. Beijing. Unabridged
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  • Yiyi Chen, the Director of the Institute for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Peking University, is not convinced.

  • We love cold sesame noodles, and Peking Duck, burritos and fajitas—even fish tacos are now a comfort food.

  • Imperial Kitchen, a restaurant in Hong Kong, makes my favorite version: smoked Peking duck with camphor wood spices.

    Fresh Picks Susur Lee December 8, 2009
  • Peking duck transports me back to Hong Kong every time I make it, eat it, or smell it.

    Fresh Picks Susur Lee December 8, 2009
  • My first memories of Peking duck are at age 14 when I washed woks at a Peking duck restaurant in my hometown of Hong Kong.

    Fresh Picks Susur Lee December 8, 2009
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British Dictionary definitions for Peking


the former English name of Beijing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Peking

former transliteration of what is now (in the pinyin system) called Beijing. In the Wade-Giles system it was Peiping; this form Peking pre-dates Wade-Giles and was formed by the old British-run, Hong Kong-based Chinese postal system.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Peking in Culture
Peking [(pee-king, pay-king)]

See Beijing.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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