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Sino-Tibetan

[sahy-noh-ti-bet-n, sin-oh-]
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noun
  1. a family of languages including especially Burmese, Tibetan, and the various local languages and dialects whose speakers share literary Chinese as their standard language.
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Origin of Sino-Tibetan

First recorded in 1915–20; Sino- + Tibetan
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British Dictionary definitions for sino-tibetan

Sino-Tibetan

noun
  1. a family of languages that includes most of the languages of China, as well as Tibetan, Burmese, and possibly Thai. Their most noticeable phonological characteristic is the phonemic use of tones
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adjective
  1. belonging or relating to this family of languages
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