Nanking

[ nan-king; Chinese nahn-king ]
/ ˈnænˈkɪŋ; Chinese ˈnɑnˈkɪŋ /

noun Older Spelling.

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Definition for nanking (2 of 2)

Nanjing

or Nan·ching, Nan·king

[ nahn-jing ]
/ ˈnɑnˈdʒɪŋ /

noun Pinyin.

a port in and the capital of Jiangsu province, in E China, on the Chang Jiang: a former capital of China.
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British Dictionary definitions for nanking

Nanjing

Nanking (ˈnænˈkɪŋ) or Nan-ching

/ (ˈnænˈdʒɪŋ) (ˈnænˈtʃɪŋ) /

noun

a port in E central China, capital of Jiangsu province, on the Yangtze River: capital of the Chinese empire and a literary centre from the 14th to 17th centuries; capital of Nationalist China (1928–37); site of a massacre of about 300 000 civilians by the invading Japanese army in 1937; university (1928). Pop: 2 806 000 (2005 est)
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Cultural definitions for nanking (1 of 2)

Nanking
[ (nan-king, nahn-jing) ]

See Nanjing.

Cultural definitions for nanking (2 of 2)

Nanjing

City in eastern China on the Yangtze River, northeast of Shanghai; an industrial and transportation center.

notes for Nanjing

China's imperial capital on several occasions, it was made capital of the Republic of China by Sun Yat-sen in 1912 after the Chinese Revolution, by Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-shek from 1928 to 1937, and again from 1946 to 1949.

notes for Nanjing

During the Second Sino-Japanese War in the 1930s, Nanjing was the scene of a Japanese massacre (the Rape of Nanking) and became the seat of a puppet regime established by the Japanese.
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