[ kwoh-min-tang, -tahng; Chinese gwaw-min-dahng ]
/ ˈkwoʊˌmɪnˈtæŋ, -ˈtɑŋ; Chinese ˈgwɔˈmɪnˈdɑŋ /


the dominant political party of China from 1928 to 1949, founded chiefly by Sun Yat-sen in 1912 and led from 1925 to 1975 by Chiang Kai-shek; the dominant party of the Republic of China (Taiwan) since 1949.

Origin of Kuomintang

< Chinese (Wade-Giles) kuo2min2tang3 (pinyin) guómín dǎng “national people's party,” equivalent to guó “nation” + mín “people” + dǎng “party”
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British Dictionary definitions for kuomintang

/ (ˈkwəʊˈmɪnˈtæŋ) /


the political party founded by Sun Yat-sen in 1911 and dominant in China from 1928 until 1949 under the leadership of Chiang Kai-shek. Since then it has been the official ruling party of Taiwan

Word Origin for Kuomintang

C20: from Chinese (Mandarin): National People's Party, from kuo nation + min people + tang party
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Cultural definitions for kuomintang

[ (kwoh-min-tahng, kwoh-min-tang) ]

A Chinese nationalist (see nationalism) political party founded by Sun Yat-sen, which gained control of China in the early twentieth century. Later, under the leadership of Chiang Kai-shek, it was defeated by the Chinese communists and became the ruling party of Taiwan, the island to which Chiang and his supporters had fled.

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