[ 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 Pe·king·ese 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 Pe·kin·ese [pee-kuh-neez, -nees] /ˌpi kəˈniz, -ˈnis/.

Origin of Pekingese

First recorded in 1840–50; Peking + -ese Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pekingese

British Dictionary definitions for pekingese


Pekinese (ˌpiːkəˈniːz)

/ (ˌpiːkɪŋˈiːz) /


plural -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
plural -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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012