Sinitic

[si-nit-ik]

noun

a branch of Sino-Tibetan consisting of the various local languages and dialects whose speakers share literary Chinese as their standard language.

adjective

of or relating to the Chinese, their language, or their culture.

Origin of Sinitic

1890–95; < Late Latin Sīn(ae) the Chinese (see Sino-) + -itic

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British Dictionary definitions for sinitic

Sinitic

noun

a branch of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages, consisting of the various languages or dialects of ChineseCompare Tibeto-Burman

adjective

belonging or relating to this group of languages
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