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[pee-kuh-neez, -nees; especially for 2–5 also pee-king-eez, -ees] /ˌpi kəˈniz, -ˈnis; especially for 2–5 also ˌpi kɪŋˈiz, -ˈis/
noun, plural Pekingese for 1, 4.
one of a Chinese breed of small dogs having a long, silky coat.
the standard Chinese language.
the dialect of Peking.
a native or inhabitant of Peking.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Peking.
Also, Pekinese
[pee-kuh-neez, -nees] /ˌpi kəˈniz, -ˈnis/ (Show IPA)
Origin of Pekingese
First recorded in 1840-50; Peking + -ese Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This was a nice cheerful place, with good airy rooms, and comfortable cushioned seats—much frequented by the Pekingese.

  • Otherwise we shall get into a worse tangle than the Pekingese.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • He gave a tug to the leads at which two Pekingese spaniels were straining.

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
  • The dog tallied perfectly with what you had previously told him and the fact that it was a Pekingese made him suspicious.

    Walter and the Wireless Sara Ware Bassett
  • It is called The Pekingese, and is the revised edition for 1914.

    A Boswell of Baghdad E. V. Lucas
  • On one occasion, when making "a little trip to Japan," I took my Pekingese boy with me.

    Life and sport in China Oliver G. Ready
  • Consequently, Pekingese is the language which all Chinese officials are now bound to speak.

    China and the Chinese Herbert Allen Giles
  • The Pekingese are very discriminative and frequently condescendingly refer to all other Chinese as "outside men" or "foreigners."

    Life and sport in China Oliver G. Ready
  • I asked him to be more explicit, and he amplified his epigram into: "Pekingese."

    A Boswell of Baghdad E. V. Lucas
British Dictionary definitions for Pekingese


(pl) -ese. a small breed of pet dog with a profuse straight coat, curled plumed tail, and short wrinkled muzzle
the dialect of Mandarin Chinese spoken in Beijing (formerly Peking), the pronunciation of which serves as a standard for the language
(pl) -ese. a native or inhabitant of Beijing (formerly Peking)
of or relating to Beijing (formerly Peking) or its inhabitants
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Pekingese

1907, "small long-haired dog of the pug type," so called because originally brought from the Imperial Palace at Peking, China. Also Pekinese.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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