pinyin

[ pin-yin ]
/ ˈpɪnˈyɪn /

noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

a system for transliterating Chinese into the Latin alphabet: introduced in 1958 and adopted as the official system of romanization by the People's Republic of China in 1979.

Origin of pinyin

< Chinese pīnyīn literally, phonetic spelling (pīn arrange, classify + yīn sound, pronunciation)
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British Dictionary definitions for pinyin

Pinyin

/ (ˈpɪnˈjɪn) /

noun

a system of romanized spelling developed in China in 1958: used to transliterate Chinese characters into the Roman alphabet

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