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Pekingese

[ pee-kuh-neez, -nees; pee-king-eez, -ees ]

noun

, plural Pe·king·ese
  1. one of a Chinese breed of small dogs having a long, silky coat.
  2. the standard Chinese language.
  3. the dialect of Peking.
  4. a native or inhabitant of Peking.


adjective

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Peking.

Pekingese

/ ˌpiːkəˈniːz; ˌpiːkɪŋˈiːz /

noun

  1. -ese a small breed of pet dog with a profuse straight coat, curled plumed tail, and short wrinkled muzzle
  2. the dialect of Mandarin Chinese spoken in Beijing (formerly Peking), the pronunciation of which serves as a standard for the language
  3. -ese a native or inhabitant of Beijing (formerly Peking)


adjective

  1. of or relating to Beijing (formerly Peking) or its inhabitants
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Word History and Origins

Origin of Pekingese1

First recorded in 1840–50; Peking + -ese
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Example Sentences

He is a senior Pekingese that I rescued right before the pandemic.

It turns out that I didn’t get to see the Pekingese named Wasabi who won the coveted Best in Show award last night.

From Time

Wodehouse, who adored the Pekingese breed of dog, liked to judge people on whether they were sound on Pekes.

It is called The Pekingese, and is the revised edition for 1914.

I asked him to be more explicit, and he amplified his epigram into: "Pekingese."

Inside was an elderly lady, and in her arms was a russet Pekingese.

The Pekingese are very discriminative and frequently condescendingly refer to all other Chinese as "outside men" or "foreigners."

On one occasion, when making "a little trip to Japan," I took my Pekingese boy with me.

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